Family Forced to Vacate Home After Botched Asbestos Removal

A Winnipeg family was driven by their home after a horribly botched asbestos removal job. After their complaints, the Chief Occupational Medical Officer of the province went so far as to issue an order forcing the company to decontaminate the house

The family had hired a company to do asbestos remediation in preparation for the removal of an old boiler. They filed a complaint against the company with the provincial Workplace Safety and Health Commission after a series of troubling situations arose.

  • Workers did not wear any safety gear and simply carried asbestos openly throughout the home
  • Open bags of asbestos in the home
  • An air filtration system that was not properly set up

The WSH first issued a stop-work order that includes several different violations:

  • releasing asbestos particles into the air
  • failing to give notice of an asbestos removal project
  • failing to train and equip employees handling asbestos

The agency also intends on inspecting the work after it is done. Sadly, the fines typically amount to $2,500 or less for this type of offense. We think it should be more.

It’s Our Safety – And Yours Too
Improper asbestos removal not only puts the occupants of a house in danger, it puts the employees themselves in danger. Asbestos exposure is no joke – the scientific evidence is clear. In friable (breathable) form, asbestos causes lung damage which can develop into a range of lung-related cancers.

As GreenStream Environmental, our asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians are experienced and conscientious. Proper training, preparation and follow through are all important and we’ll make sure the job gets done right safely and thoroughly.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

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