OHS News — Asbestos

Workers down tools after asbestos found on Sydney Opera House site

Workers down tools after asbestos found on Sydney Opera House site

Work on the $200 million refurbishment of the iconic Sydney Opera House ground to a holt on the 1 August 2017, after workers were exposed to asbestos.  According to reports workers had been exposed to the deadly fibres for at least five days without appropriate action being taken to remove it.  In an exclusive interview with OHS.com.au, Electrical Trades Union (ETU) NSW secretary, Justin Page believes Opera House management, Laing O’Rourke and Downer would have been fully aware there was asbestos on the site. “What they have failed to do is put the appropriate controls in place,” said Page.  “Yesterday,...

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QLD parliamentary enquiry into black lung continues

QLD parliamentary enquiry into black lung continues

A legal team from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have highlighted on the 27 July 2017, the underreporting of occupational lung diseases and the need for provisional payments to dust disease sufferers in its second submission to the current Queensland Parliamentary inquiry into black lung. According to lawyers the firm’s submission follows the widening of the inquiry’s terms of reference to include a broader range of coal industry workers and dust exposure in other industrial sectors and has identified a culture of reckless indifference. Maurice Blackburn senior associate Jonathan Walsh, who specialises in dust disease law, said increasing numbers of workers are...

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QLD roofing company charged over reckless removal of asbestos

QLD roofing company charged over reckless removal of asbestos

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Blue Mountains Council hits back at asbestos report

Blue Mountains Council hits back at asbestos report

A report commissioned by SafeWork NSW about buildings owned by the Blue Mountains City Council has found asbestos present in 19 council-owned buildings.   According to an article published in the Blue Mountains Gazette on the 19 July 2017, some of the 19 “high risk” buildings include a pre-school, a sports centre in Katoomba, two cinemas, a caravan park, a neighbourhood centre and a family support service, as well as the council’s own depot.   Council have said it’s undertaken all the immediate actions recommended in the report and that only two of the buildings required immediate removal of material containing asbestos....

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