Storm Disaster: Double Asbestos Whammy
Once again and is this
becoming a regular event ? Destruction from bad weather to Strata Units in Mooloolaba. About 6 apartment blocks
lost their roofs and suffered severe building damages. After the storm, you have removal of debris, Engineers Inspections allowance, for inflation, Repairs –
time to be taken for repairs, meaning rentals for people affected??. Is your insurance policy up to date ? Was
the complex sufficiently insured?.
The next problem that
arose was when access to the site after the storm was denied, due to fears of contamination from Asbestos!
Asbestos removal became a major issue again, are you up to date with your obligations regarding
consequence was the traumatic experiences for the family pets. A dog was found in the blown off roof by the
owner in the next lot. Another person complained that they were denied access to their property to check on
their birds. Three rats were seen swimming in the canal.
Asbestos in the home
Approximately one third of all homes built in Australia contain asbestos products. As a general rule, if your house
was built before the mid-1980s, it is highly likely that it would have some asbestos containing materials. If your
house was built between the mid-1980s and 1990, it is likely that it would have asbestos containing materials. If
your house was built after 1990, it is unlikely that it would have asbestos containing materials.
The use of ACMs in the home has been extensive and there are many areas in the home where ACMs can be found
including (but not limited to):
roof sheeting and capping
gables, eaves, soffits, water pipes and flues
wall sheeting (flat or a weatherboard style
vinyl sheet flooring
carpet and tile underlays
zelemite backing boards to the switchboards
flexible building boards
imitation brick cladding
carports and sheds
some window putty
packing under beams