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    Default Asbestos ripped out without precautions by pros???

    I just got a bathroom completley renovated (finished today) i told them when i was getting quote that it was more then likely asbestos walls (1950 era house and original bathroom) i was told thats fine they were liceneced to deal with them and they would remove it all correctly, but when the workers turned up i asked if they were told about the asbestos walls, their reaction was obviously they hadnt been told, they then proceeded with a flimsy white mask and no other protection to rip the walls out including placing large holes in the walls and demolishing the wall tiles and wall around the bath, i am pretty darn sure the walls would have been asbestos and so believe that me and my husband have now been exposed to the asbestos fibres and possibley my children who were returned to the house that afternoon, just wanting to know peoples thoughts on exposure to asbestos, is it really as bad as what people say? is it only a small percentage of people who are exposed get cancer etc from it? do you need to be exposed lots of times etc?? also is there anyone that i can complain to as this is really unprofessional exposing custmers and themselves to asbestos, thanks

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    I would not be very happy at all if it was asbestos, you may want to seek legal advice if it was asbestos. A far as exposure is concerned its a lottery, but someone always gets the lottery
    regards inter

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    Contact work cover as if they licensed work cover should have been notified of the removal, see what they say. I would register a complaint with the company that carried out the work and get them to clean the house top to bottom.

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    most professionals I have seen remove only wear a flimsy face mask and disposable overalls.
    Did they spray the area with water before and during removal.

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    I own an asbestos removal comany. everything they did was wrong. When doing asbestos removal inside a house the room where the material is being removed should be sealed off, sheets wet down, no smashing or cracking of sheets and the room thoroughly vacuumed with a .3 micron HEPA filter. Have a whinge to worksafe.


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    I paid $1000 for some asbestos to be removed. Their safety gear was a flimsy mash, which only one of them wore, a cowboy hat and a crowbar. We were completely ripped off and had to clean up asbestos dust after. We tried calling relevent authorities to complain but no one cared. Asbestos removal is a farce. We do it ourselves now.

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    I have had the same thing happen to me. The company which did my bathroom has now folded and i cant find them (phones disconnected etc)
    they dumped the fibro sheeting in my driveway, it is all broken up. I cant afford to pay for it to be removed.

    I am afraid for myself and the health of my kids. No one told me there was asbestos in this house when i bought it.

    I had to buy an old cheap house when my husband left me and our 7 kids.

    I feel lost and dont know who to ask for help. I regret buying this house, i thought removation would be easy but it has turned into a nightmare!

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    A firm removed a large amount of roofing on an old industrial unit refurb, directly across the road from childrens playground, two doors up from 0-2 childcare.

    The wore facemasks on scissorlift (~15m up), but no water, no other precautions on a moderately windy day. While it's great for the removers to wear a facemask there doesn't seem to be a lot of regulation about leftover dust created when removing. It didn't look that mess free to me...

    I notice that the larger companies that have a lot to lose will pander with a full show but a lot of small businesses that don't have a lot to lose (a business name, 5 grand ute and some bunnings tools) are less likely.

    Is there any more training than the two day course?

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    A builder friend of mine has just completed the course he charges $150 per hour and they did bugger all in the training about safe removal practise it was all about how to indemnify yourself and the insurances required... in NSW if you have a problem with unsafe removal contact Workcover its their responsibility all Asbestos removal should be sign posted as such.

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    I had a carport and garage wall removed at work and paid $880
    total asbestos would have been around 20m2 plus the carports steel frame and colourbond roof

    Best money spent

    They came put down black plastic used some red spray and punched all the nails using lots of water
    They even removed some topsoil

    This was with a small local company that cared about there work and reputation
    Happy to refer them just pm me for details

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenmon View Post
    that it was more then likely asbestos walls (1950 era house and original bathroom)
    So were the walls asbestos, did you have them tested or are you only guessing

    Before you make complaints get the facts right
    I'm not saying they didn't contain asbestos, but if they did what type of asbestos was it?
    You paid for the job ( did you get several quotes and was the one you used the cheepest ) In this world 'You get what you pay for'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashore View Post
    So were the walls asbestos, did you have them tested or are you only guessing

    Before you make complaints get the facts right
    I'm not saying they didn't contain asbestos, but if they did what type of asbestos was it?
    You paid for the job ( did you get several quotes and was the one you used the cheepest ) In this world 'You get what you pay for'

    ^I agree, If i had come to quote the job and you informed me that you suspected it was asbestos and because of the age i would have insisted that it was tested prior to any works taking place, i am licenced to remove asbestos but the cost to do it correctly on small residential jobs makes it not worthwhile even quoting as there are so many "Asbestos removal companies" that will cut corners not follow the relevant removal standards and workcover approved procedures.
    In saying that there is a lot of panic over Asbestos like somebody said previously its a lottery, i worked with 3 older guys back home who worked in various workshops etc with the stuff they called it "monkey dung" and used to have snowball fights with it! also when cutting it no extraction or containment of dust, one of them died of a heart attack in his late 60's one of them to my knowledge is still alive (would be 70's now and has smoked 40 a day since he was 14 and has a younger girlfriend ) and i think the other had some kind of cancer. But in saying that there are people who do have severe problems because of it.
    As a side note being from the UK im not sure but didn't your brake pads over here contain asbestos at some point? not really related i just wanted to know.

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    Yes they did
    Now the new ones arn't anywear as good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashore View Post
    Yes they did
    Now the new ones arn't anywear as good.
    Thanks for that I had heard it talked about but did not know if there was a larakin element to it.

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    It may not have been Asbestos. (hopefully)

    I always get flames thrown at me for my 'paranoia' about Asbestos (read some of the previous posts from when I've removed all the asbestos from my house).
    Asbestos is bad bad bad in my opinion - disturbed or undisturbed.
    Unfortunately Asbestos is everywhere so chances are the bathroom incident won't be the first exposure you and your kids have had to it (and not the first property you have been in with it).
    I suggest contacting your local council and talking to someone in environmental health area. They should be able to suggest what you can do going forward.

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    Just remember this to satisfy your paranoia, there is NO safe level of exposure to asbestos.
    regards inter

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    Sorry for your terrible experience.
    I have had several quotes from tradesmen and bathroom companies for a bathroom reno, and no one mentioned the possibility of asbestos in the walls.
    Given the age of the building, i decided to take some samples and sent them to a lab before starting any work.
    They confirmed it's definitely asbestos.
    Tradies need to be better educated about the stuff.

    Now i just need to find a competent asbestos removalist...

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