Waste Workers Meet Law Firm over Asbestos Fears
Release date: 25/04/2013
A law firm has briefed waste disposal company employees who may have been exposed to asbestos at a Darling Downs' facility.
The Transport Workers Union says the potentially deadly substance was placed in a skip bin at the JJ Richards and Sons' site in Toowoomba last month.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland issued the company with a prohibition notice and the area has been decontaminated.
A senior associate at law firm Maurice Blackburn, Trent Johnson, says a number of employees may have been exposed to asbestos.
"There's a very long latency period between exposure and illness, so it's more so about educating those workers who were exposed, their family members and any concerned members of the community as to how they can report their exposure or alleged exposure at this time so that if they do become unwell in the future they can then take appropriate action," he said.
He says employees need to be tested if they believe they may have been exposed.
"The workers can then of their own accord or request of the workers' compensation insurer, which in this case is I understand WorkerCover Queensland, to pay with the relevant doctor and also usually [get] a chest X-ray," he said.
"However, given the latency periods at this stage it's mainly just to clear those workers to confirm they're not presently suffering from any asbestos-related illness."
JJ Richards and Sons says it complies with all workplace health and safety laws and the safety of its staff and the community is its highest priority.
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