Asbestos forces coal port to cease work

 Construction workers at the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group’s (NCIG) coal loader expansion site were sent home yesterday due to asbestos on site.

Test results on the stage two expansion site showed asbestos in soil and air samples from recycled concrete aggregates, the Newcastle Herald reports.

Unions NSW industrial officer Peter McPherson stated that a number of meetings have been held between employees, NCIG management and the unions.

NCIG accepted union recommendations for a full site audit for asbestos contamination as well as the provision of site amenities to allow workers to change clothes and wash.

The coal group stated that remediation work at the Kooragang Island site will re-commence in the coming days, and that coal exports were not affected.

‘There’s been an agreement with regard to a testing regime for employees who may have been affected by the asbestos,’’ McPherson told The Herald.

‘‘They asked for volunteers to assist with the remediation work but before that happens they will need some asbestos awareness training.


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