An asbestos incident involving a Canberra earthmoving company has resulted in a $60,000 fine for the company.

The ACT Industrial Court originally convicted the company and issued an $80,000 fine however it was reduced to $60,000, taking into consideration the company’s guilty plea.

The breach led to an uncontrolled release of dust because of insufficient water suppression, a WorkSafe ACT inspector said.

The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe working environment due to the insufficient water suppression before demolition began. It also failed to provide effective means of communication between excavator operators and ground workers.


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