Court Summary - at a glance
The defendant Lawrence Gannaway failed to ensure that all asbestos that was likely to be disturbed by the refurbishment is identified; and so far as reasonable practicable, that the asbestos was removed before the refurbishment was commenced.
On 21 June 2021 Mr. Gannaway was working at the home and uncovered some flooring he thought might be asbestos containing material. He alerted the homeowner and others working on the site, then he broke up some of the vinyl he suspected might be asbestos containing material and placed it in the back of his car. He disposed of it in a waste bin supplied by IEL which was not approved for asbestos.
IEL and Mr. Gannaway had not done any kind of asbestos survey prior to commencing the work at the house. The homeowner then organised asbestos testing, which was positive. An environmental clean up was then undertaken.