SAFETY ISSUE: Council workers at Kennedy Drive with a firefighter.
SAFETY ISSUE: Council workers at Kennedy Drive with a firefighter.

No risk from asbestos Tweed council investigation finds

THE Tweed Shire Council has investigated possible breaches of asbestos handling procedures and found there were no issues.

The investigation was triggered after a resident complained workers at Ray Pascoe Park, Tweed Heads West, were not wearing the required breathing apparatus when working with asbestos during water mains work.

Council found that there were no breaches of safety procedures relating to work being carried out under the control of the Asbestos Removal Control Plan.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 4, June 2013, work did not involve trench excavation or potential asbestos removal, council spokesperson said.

"An assessment of the site including the environmental conditions was undertaken by workers trained in asbestos removal."

"Workers deemed the site safe prior to removing their face masks based on safety procedures and knowledge of asbestos."

"Following the concerns raised by the resident, water samples were taken from within the trench and no asbestos fibre was contained in the sample."

An incident form and investigation report will be sent to WorkCover and no further action will be taken by the council.



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