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Strata Storm Disaster: Double Asbestos Whammy 

Once again and is this becoming a regular event ? Destruction from bad weather to Strata Units in Mooloolaba. About 6 apartment blocks lost their roofs and suffered severe building damages. After the storm, you have  removal of debris, Engineers Inspections allowance, for inflation, Repairs – time to be taken for repairs, meaning rentals for people affected??. Is your insurance policy up to date ? Was the complex sufficiently insured?.  

The next problem that arose was when access to the site after the storm was denied, due to fears of contamination from Asbestos! Asbestos removal became a major issue again, are you up to date with your obligations regarding asbestos? 

Another unforeseen consequence was the traumatic experiences for the family pets. A dog was found in the blown off roof by the owner in the next lot. Another person complained that they were denied access to their property to check on their birds. Three rats were seen swimming in the canal.

Asbestos in the home 

Approximately one third of all homes built in Australia contain asbestos products. As a general rule, if your house was built before the mid-1980s, it is highly likely that it would have some asbestos containing materials. If your house was built between the mid-1980s and 1990, it is likely that it would have asbestos containing materials. If your house was built after 1990, it is unlikely that it would have asbestos containing materials. 

The use of ACMs in the home has been extensive and there are many areas in the home where ACMs can be found including (but not limited to): 

  • roof sheeting and capping 
  • guttering 
  • gables, eaves, soffits, water pipes and flues 
  • wall sheeting (flat or a weatherboard style 
  • vinyl sheet flooring 
  • carpet and tile underlays 
  • zelemite backing boards to the switchboards 
  • flexible building boards 
  • imitation brick cladding 
  • fencing 
  • carports and sheds 
  • waterproof membrane 
  • telecommunications pits 
  • some window putty 
  • expansion joints 
  • packing under beams 
  • concrete formwork