Illegal dumping of asbestos in Sydney leads to suspended prison sentence

Over the past few years, 37 year-old excavator Dibb Hanna has been illegally dumping asbestos across western and southern parts of Sydney. Just last year, Hanna was caught dumping eight truckloads of asbestos on private property on Henry Lawson Drive at picnic point. The damage he caused on that property costed approximately $30,000 to clean up. Prior to that, he was fined $130,000 for illegally dumping asbestos in the western suburbs of Sydney.

Today, the Land and Environment Court found Hanna guilty, once again, for illegally dumping 80 tonnes of material contaminated with asbestos. According to the Court, he failed to comply with a 2011 Court order to not illegally dispose of this toxic material.

What is of great significance is that the asbestos Hanna dumped was ‘friable asbestos’, which is the most potent form of asbestos in that it easily gives off fine particles of dust and fibre. When inhaled, these asbestos particles can become trapped in the human body and can lead to lung cancer, mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.

Although mesothelioma compensation, asbestos compensation and asbestosis compensation are available in NSW and Victoria, there is no known cure for mesothelioma. That is, Hanna’s actions may well have a detrimental and long-standing threat on the members of the public who become exposed to this asbestos.

In Australia mesothelioma compensation (or asbestos compensation, or asbestosis compensation) is available to those who unfortunately do contract mesothelioma. In particular, NSW and Victoria have legislation that protects those who regrettably suffer from mesothelioma, or other asbestos related diseases, and wish to obtain mesothelioma compensation. Mesothelioma compensation, asbestos compensation and asbestosis compensation in Australia are claims brought about by people who have worked with asbestos and who suffer from mesothelioma.

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