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Post-quake risks still a threat

Post-quake risks still a threat

Post-quake risks still a threat

Asbestos risks are on the increase as residential demolitions ramp up in Christchurch, New Zealand, in the ongoing post-earthquake rebuilding effort.

Christchurch has been on a long road to recovery following the devastating earthquake that hit the city in 2011.

WorkSafe New Zealand says the residential demolitions are “set to increase between now and December”.

The removal of asbestos was of particular concern, WorkSafe’s Canterbury Rebuild Health and Safety Programme Director, Kathryn Heiler, said in a media statement.

“We are still seeing far too many instances where asbestos is either not being identified accurately or not being safely removed and disposed of prior to demolition. This is simply not acceptable,” Heiler said.

Safety inspectors are targeting residential sites to help keep the risks at bay. Work would stop and enforcement action taken if inspectors uncovered unsafe work practices and breaches of the NZ Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, Heiler said.

Use of plant and working at height were also a concern, she added.

For more detail, visit the demolition risks.

Published on 23 April 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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