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Commercial Asbestos Mitigation in the wake of the Brisbane Hail Storms

Following Brisbane Hail Storm in November 2014, Oriel were engaged to manage the remediation of asbestos from a 56,000 square meter vacant commercial property.

Overview

The hailstone had punctured through the corrugated cement roof clad buildings causing widespread asbestos fibre contamination to internal and external areas of the property.

  • The Challenge

    The site was adjacent to a residential housing estate posing a high risk that the contamination would also be spread to public areas. While the site was generally stable in its current state, a prolonged period of dry weather would increase the risk of airborne contamination.

  • The Solution
    • The site was immediately secured with the implementation of a thorough air monitoring & testing regime. The results were all satisfactory and the areas of risk continued to be monitored.
    • Priority was given to further assessments in and around the external perimeter where overland flow paths were thought likely to have distributed asbestos containing material onto publicly accessed areas.
    • Remediation procedures were implemented to areas close to or on publicly accessible areas thus mitigating future risks.
    • A decontamination regime was implemented that aimed to provide sufficient cleared areas to allow for a full building scope of works.
    • Given the significant cost likely for the internal cleaning of the floors, Oriel conducted a pilot trial of a representative area of the floor. The pilot trial was timed and the results were used in projecting costs for this component of the overall budget estimate for remediation.
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