Fine for as­bestos re­moval

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A ‘‘de­ceit­ful’’ Christchurch builder has been fined for un­safe as­bestos re­moval, the first sen­tenc­ing un­der strict new rules around the dan­ger­ous ma­te­rial. The District Court fined Richard John Knight, of RM So­lu­tions, $3000 after find­ing he was un­li­censed and un­qual­i­fied for an as­bestos re­moval job, part of a Ric­car­ton house de­mo­li­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2017, a WorkSafe state­ment said. WorkSafe’s in­quiry found Knight did not have the re­moval li­cense re­quired for the job, and did not safely man­age the as­bestos risks by fail­ing to de­con­tam­i­nate equip­ment used in the de­mo­li­tion, fail­ing to wear ap­pro­pri­ate pro­tec­tive gear, and al­low­ing oth­ers to en­ter the house with­out pro­tec­tive gear.

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