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Test the textured ceilings, as soon as practicable i.e. when they are first identified, for asbestos.
Within the block of units, 8 had textured ceilings and the subcontractors become concerned that the ceilings may contain asbestos. One subcontractor asked the Defendant whether or not the ceilings had contained asbestos. The Defendant had told the subcontractor that they had tested negative for asbestos.
The subcontractor had continued concerns and opted to have a patch tested for asbestos by Dodwell & Associates. The results confirmed the presence of asbestos. WorkSafe was notified of the possible breach of the Defendant’s legal obligations on 14 November 2013.