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U-Haul fined $71,000 after workers find asbestos during Kamloops building reno

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November 15, 2019 - 11:40 AM

A moving equipment and storage rental company has been fined more than $71,000 after workers found asbestos-containing material in a Kamloops commercial building.

WorkSafeBC officials inspected a U-Haul Co. Canada Ltd. commercial building in Kamloops that was under renovation, according to a penalty report posted online last month.

At the time of the inspection, workers were removing drywall — a potential asbestos-containing material — from the wall and ceiling, the report said.

WorkSafeBC said no hazardous materials survey had been conducted and it issued a stop-work order. A survey conducted later confirmed the drywall compound as an asbestos-containing material.

The firm failed to ensure that a qualified person inspected the building to identify hazardous materials before workers began renovations work, WorkSafeBC said.

This was a high risk violation and the firm was fined $71,247.36 on Oct. 9.

WorkSafeBC said in an emailed statement it would not disclose the location of the building due to privacy reasons.

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