June 29, 2006
Department of Government Services announced today that a company and an
individual, contracted by the company to complete work, have been
charged with alleged violations of the Occupational
Health and Safety (OHS) Act in relation to a renovation project that
took place in Stephenville in June and July of 2004.
alleged violations occurred at a building in Stephenville that was being
converted into apartments. The
charges are the result of an investigation by the Occupational Health
and Safety Branch.
Newfoundland Limited, trading as Callahan’s Contracting, has been
charged with three violations of the Asbestos Abatement Regulations 1998
and one violation of the OHS Act. Those
under the Asbestos Abatement Regulations 1998 relate generally to the
company’s failure to ensure that materials suspected of containing
asbestos were handled as such, to ensure an assessment was made in
writing of the likelihood of exposure to asbestos, and to ensure that
appropriate procedures were in place to minimize exposure to asbestos. The
charge under the OHS Act pertains to the company’s failure as a
principal contractor to ensure that a worker performing work in respect
of the project complied with the OHS legislation.
The charge against the individual resulted from that
person allegedly carrying out asbestos abatement work without being the
holder of a valid asbestos abatement contractor’s certificate,
contrary to the Asbestos Abatement Regulations, 1998.
first appearance is scheduled for
contact: Vanessa Colman-Sadd,
Communications, (709) 729-4860, 682-6593
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