An Australian asbestos removal company is facing intense scrutiny from local officials, after allegations were made that the company failed to property remove asbestos from one project site. The removal of asbestos is a matter of public health and safety, as asbestos exposure is conclusively linked to the development of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.
The disease typically lies dormant for up to fifty years before an individual begins to suffer from mesothelioma symptoms, and the majority of patients lose their battle with this cancer in less than two years following diagnosis. Other asbestos-related dangers include lung cancer and asbestosis.
The company facing intense scrutiny is Australasian Technical Services (ATS), who were involved in an asbestos exposure incident at an auction house in the country’s capital of Canberra last year. ATS is being allowed to do business again, but is operating under strict conditions.
The Pickles Auctions warehouse in Canberra was shut down in October of last year when officials with the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) alleged the work carried out by ATS was done improperly and potentially exposed people to airborne asbestos fibers.
Now, the Australian government has ruled that ATS can stay in operation, provided that the company hires a full time asbestos assessor. In addition, the owner of ATS will need to submit to several other conditions in order to maintain his asbestos removal license.