TWU Calls for Immediate Safety Audit of Tragic Waste Facility Drowning Site

Release date: 25/03/2014

The Transport Workers Union of NSW has called on the O'Farrell Government to conduct an urgent safety assessment of the entire Lucas Heights Waste Management and Recycling facility where a man drowned yesterday, to determine if it's safe for the man's colleagues to return to work.

TWU NSW News, 25 March 2014

Michael Aird, Assistant Secretary of the TWU NSW, said the tragic death must spur an immediate safety audit of the site by the State Government to make sure no further tragedies occur at this site.

"Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the poor man who lost his life in this accident, and we owe it to him to make sure it can't happen again" Mr Aird said.

"The full details of this sad incident have yet to emerge, and it is crucial that these are fully and promptly investigated by workplace accident investigators, police and the coroner so the site can be declared safe.

"We will be holding urgent meetings with the operator of the Lucas Heights Waste Management and Recycling facility, SITA Environment Services, over the coming days, to make sure that workers are not being brought back to work prematurely and put in danger," Mr Aird said.

"Yesterday's storms were intense, but they were by no means unprecedented and questions must be asked about how such a tragedy could occur in a workplace.

"This tragic incident highlights the dirty and dangerous conditions for the men and women working in this vital community service.

It's past time we cleaned up this industry and ensured the highest standards of safety in this vital community service, "concluded Michael.

Click here to read the original article at the TWU NSW website.

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