The Tasmanian Opposition calls for a fresh audit of the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment site as another asbestos contamination is allegedly found, according to ABC News.
There had been an administrative error involving an independent consultant who failed to identify positive test result for the asbestos. The breach has put about 25 workers exposed to the potentially deadly fibres at the hospital’s E-block while carrying out electrical work.
Project director Ben Moloney ensured that the workers exposed to the deadly fibres were immediately notified and are given support and briefings. Mr. Moloney further said that appropriate cleaning of the area has already been made and Worksafe Tasmania has been notified.
Meanwhile, Labor spokeswoman Michelle O’Byrne said, “We need a full audit of the entire site now to ensure that no worker is put at risk, but also no patient or family member visiting a patient is put at risk.”
The worker’s union. on the other hand, wants the job to stop until a full and proper audit is undertaken.
Kevin Harkins from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Electrical Union (CFMEU) said, “Once the audit’s done, remove the material and we can get on with the project.”
Only recently, the Perth’s Children’s Hospital was found contaminated with asbestos after deadly fibres were found in roof panels which are imported from China.
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