CURRENT SAFETY ALERTS
SAFETY ALERT - Cyclone Debbie and Abestos exposure
While thousands of residents in the path of Cyclone Debbie have been evacuated for their own safety - a hidden killer may be lurking after the storm is over. Residents and volunteers need to be very aware of the hidden dangers of exposure to deadly asbestos fibres. Many older buildings both commercial and residential (pre 1990) were built using asbestos containing materials. The CFMEU recommends the use of a professional accredited asbestos removalist to limit the potential health impacts. Click here to read full alert.
SAFETY ALERT - Severe Weather Warning SEQ
Severe weather conditions with damaging winds in excess of 100 km/hr and heavy rainfall are expected over the next few days. Employers and delegates should consider developing a Severe Weather Plan for their site. Please read full alert here.
In the News
Media Release 28.3.17 - ADSS
Cyclone Debbie asbestos debris warning
The deadly dangers Cyclone Debbie has brought to north and central Queensland won’t end after the cyclone finally blows itself out, the Asbestos Disease Support Society (ADSS) has warned. There could be significant health risks lurking in the debris, and community members, volunteers and workers engaged in the clean-up after the storm will need to be careful if they do not want to put themselves and others in harm’s way. ADSS Chief Executive Officer Amanda Richards urged the community and the army of volunteer and other workers expected to help in affected towns to be careful and treat every pile of damaged building material as asbestos-contaminated until professional tests proved otherwise. Failure to take precautions now could result in potentially fatal health issues many months or even years after the impacts of Cyclone Debbie are a distant memory. Click here to read full story.
Media Release 23.3.17 CFMEU QLD/NT
GUNNER, WHAT A JOKE!
The Gunner Government’s “lifeline” for workers, who were abruptly sacked at the Darwin Inpex project last week, is nothing more than an embarrassing joke that will do absolutely nothing to get them back into work according to CFMEU Divisional Branch Secretary Michael Ravbar. “Gunner’s $200,000 commitment to re-skill 300 local workers and give them access to upload their CV to an online database will achieve nothing. It’s tokenism at its best,” he said.
Over 850 workers lost their jobs over a pay dispute between Laing O'Rourke and Kawasaki Heavy Industries on the Inpex project last week. The workers were given no prior warning and have been left stunned and angry over the sackings. “The Gunner Government has proven that they just aren’t up for the job,” said Michael Ravbar. “It’s an absolute embarrassment and proves that Gunner is a weak and lacklustre leader with no idea how to fix important issues. The true test for any strong leader when they are in government is how they manage and resolve difficult and important issues. It is obvious that Gunner has failed this test miserably.”
Instead of wasting $200,000 dollars on a band-aid fix that won’t achieve a single outcome, Gunner should be proactive and consult with the parties involved and come to a resolution to ensure these workers are re-employed to finish the job. In the meantime, the CFMEU and other unions are taking the appropriate legal action to ensure these workers are taken care of.
Please refer to the CFMEU Heat Stress policy and enact where necessary.
Remember, don’t take a chance. If someone is suspected to have heat stress call an ambulance immediately and enact the Heat Stress incident procedure.
Heat Stress Policy - http://www.qld.cfmeu.asn.au/files/pdfs/Heat%20Stress%20Policy.pdf
Heat policy reasons - http://www.qld.cfmeu.asn.au/files/pdfs/Heat%20Policy%20Reasons_11112016.pdf