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Court Summary - at a glance
On 17 December 2012, the defendant was quoted a price for removal of lichen from the roof of the Parkside Building. This quote was accepted by CDHB and work was to commence on Monday 25 March 2013.
The lichen work commenced as scheduled on Monday 25 March 2013 and continued to the following day. While scraping the lichen, an employee became concerned that the roof may contain asbestos. The Operations Manager of the defendant was phoned to discuss the workers’ concerns. They were advised to stop work immediately. However on the 27 March, two employees returned to work on the roof to continue removing lichen. On 28 March, samples were taken for testing by Chemsafety.
On 12 April 2013, Chemsafety issued a more thorough report confirming Chrysotile (white) asbestos was present in the Parkside roof membrane and lichen debris.