BC Company Nets $18K Fine For Asbestos Violations

With Toronto and the GTA’s old stock of housing, you’d think there would be more stories about asbestos violations in our area in Southern Ontario. But, there’s yet another story of asbestos mishandling from BC making the media rounds.

Asbestos violations
Specifically, the list of charges included:

  • One company was charged with two counts of failing to ensure that employees used personal protective gear while performing asbestos abatement, and fined $5,000 and $2,500 respectively;
  • Two companies were charged with performing an incomplete asbestos removal.

One environmental company operating out of Surrey, British Columbia received fines totaling $17,787. According to WorkSafeBC, the company had filed a letter indicating that asbestos removal was complete, but when the agency inspected the site, the inspector found drywall debris that contained asbestos.

The WorkSafeBC website indicates, “The firm failed to ensure that identified hazardous materials were safely contained or removed, a repeated violation.”

Another company received a $2,500 fine for the same offense.

The real problem
WorkSafeBC indicated in their online documentation that all three companies fined were repeat violators, with two of the violations were considered high-risk. Those elements increase the size of the fine.

With GS, you can be sure of the highest levels of professionalism. We know that care – and the proper procedures – have to be followed at every step to ensure that asbestos removal work is done safely, with any debris contained and disposed of properly. Certainly – the first rule of the job is, get the job done!

  • A company that doesn’t care about its employees, also doesn’t care about its clients;
  • Asbestos can be a deadly risk, and it’s nothing to toy with.

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