As Australia continues to fix and refurbish older buildings, the threat of asbestos is always present. However, if builders and renovators treat this process with respect and dispose of the asbestos in the proper manner, there is little to no risk to their health or to the general public.
Unfortunately, it seems that not all NSW building professionals recognise this importance. In recent weeks, there have been several asbestos dumping incidents across the state which has angered both local residents, businesses and Unions NSW.
Seven Hills dumping example
According to an October 20 Daily Telegraph article, a mix of asbestos, general rubbish and building offcuts were dumped outside local businesses in Seven Hills.
The location, just 500m from an accredited SITA tip, is busy with people thus increasing the risk of asbestos exposure.
A Little Luxury Administration Manager Rhonda Johnston said in the article that these incidents have occurred five times in the last year and believes more needs to be done to stop this activity.
Unions NSW solution
In direct response to these incidents, Unions NSW has called on the NSW government to fund an asbestos eradication fund. Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon said that addressing this dumping problem now is the only way to protect future generations from asbestos-related diseases such asbestosis and mesothelioma.
“The equation for the Baird Government is simple: adequately fund the safe and legal removal of asbestos from the environment or put lives at risk through continued illegal dumping,” he said.
“Asbestos exposure already kills more than 1,000 people a year across Australia, and this nation was at one stage the largest consumer of asbestos per capita.”
Unions NSW believes that one of the main reasons why so many builders and renovators dump asbestos materials is the associated cost of legally disposing it.
“All asbestos eradication should be given full tax deductibility status to encourage asbestos removal from residential as well as commercial and investment premises that already have this status,” he continued.
Asbestos compensation claims in NSW
Under New South Wales law, you are entitled to claim compensation on many dust-related conditions including asbestosis and Mesothelioma. It is irrelevant whether you are a member of the public or a worker on site.
For more information, get in touch with the compensation lawyers at Gerard Malouf Partners today.
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