On 19 March 2021, in the Brisbane Magistrates Court, a painter pleaded guilty and was sentenced in relation to three offences against the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (‘WHS Act’) and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (‘WHS Regulation’) arising out of the use of a high pressure hose to spray an asbestos roof. The defendant failed to comply with his primary duty, pursuant to section 19(2) of the Act, to ensure the health and safety of other persons was not put at risk from work carried out as part of his business or undertaking, contrary to section 33 of the WHS Act. He directed or allowed another worker to use a high-pressure water blaster on asbestos, contrary to section 446(1) of the WHS Regulation. He also failed to comply with an improvement notice to remediate the workplace, contrary to section 193 of the WHS Act. Magistrate Michael Quinn imposed a global fine of $3,000 and no convictions were recorded.