Workers return to Orica site

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.com.au

CONSTRUCTION workers on the Orica expansion site returned to work yesterday morning on the condition their safety concerns were addressed.

Orica management and a delegation of representatives from the site construction companies met for three hours on Wednesday.

Workers had a list of requirements which included Orica place a dedicated emergency response team on site, compile a site asbestos register, and install permanent monitors at particular worksites.

Operations manager Brett McNeil said he was taking the concerns of the construction workers seriously.

"We do not want our people to be exposed to harmful gases,'' he said.

"In terms of monitoring the gas levels on site we have an extensive boundary monitoring system in place already.

"If the construction workers require monitors elsewhere we can install them wherever they are needed.''

United Group workers walked off the site on Tuesday morning demanding Orica address their safety concerns.

The action prompted a walk out by 300 construction workers on Wednesday.



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