Full audit needed following Perth Children’s Hospital asbestos crisis

July 14th, 2016 by: stephen


* Independent audit on all building materials used at Perth Children’s Hospital urgently required
* Assurances needed that asbestos material is not contained in any other government building sites
* Site must be tested and rendered safe before workers are allowed to return

A full independent audit of all building materials used at Perth Children’s Hospital must be conducted immediately following today’s confirmation the hospital contains harmful asbestos.

Full resources should immediately be provided to the Building Commission to conduct the audit and provide a full report as quickly as possible.

The audit should have a particular focus on materials imported from overseas and also determine where similar materials from the same supplier have been used on other government projects in the State, including the new Perth Stadium and Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Comments from Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook:

“There is no doubt this is a crisis. The new hospital is now effectively a contaminated site.

“Workers need to be given the protection they deserve and the site should be closed until it has been rendered safe.

“This is 2016 – there should be no circumstances that allow asbestos onto major building sites, let alone our new children’s hospital.

“This project has gone from bad to worse and been completely mismanaged by the Liberal Government. We have had delay after delay, substandard fire doors, defects with water piping, subbies not being paid and now asbestos.

“It is simply unacceptable that harmful asbestos could be contained within the structure of a building that will treat some of the State’s sickest children.

“The Liberals have failed to provide any oversight when it comes to its major contracts and the construction of this hospital.”

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