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

Tweed Council investigating possible asbestos breaches

TWEED Council has contacted My Daily News to obtain photographs of council workers not wearing asbestos safety equipment, to assist with investigations.

Workplace Health and Safety investigations are underway after My Daily News published an article, with an accompanying photograph, regarding workers not wearing required breathing apparatus when working with asbestos during water mains work at Ray Pascoe Park, Tweed Heads West.

A council spokeswoman confirmed that an investigation is indeed underway.

"Council is investigating the matter in consultation with the occupational hygienist and referring to Council's overall Work, Health and Safety protocols and the site-specific Asbestos Removal Control Plan," she said.

The spokeswoman said that Workcover NSW was notified of the investigation.

"Workcover has been notified of the incident and has been kept informed of progress of the investigation and will be provided with copies of the final report," she said.

"Council always seeks to ensure adherence to the relevant WHS policies and protocols, for the safety of staff, contractors and the public."

The fate of the workers involved in the safety breaches remains unknown, at least until investigations are complete.



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