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News Release – SafeWork SA

16 June 2006

Santos building incident update

South Australia’s occupational health and safety (OHS) agency, SafeWork SA, has served Prohibition Notices on the construction firm, involved in this morning’s incident at the old Santos building at 39 Grenfell Street, Adelaide.

This means that no more work can proceed until SafeWork SA inspectors are satisfied that it can be done safely.

Inspectors from the agency’s Construction Team will be interviewing witnesses, as part of a full investigation, having declared the incident a dangerous occurrence.  “We will be looking at whether or not there was a hazard identification process in place…whether or not the risks were assessed and if they were, whether the appropriate control measures were in place, “ said SafeWork SA Executive Director, Michele Patterson.

Two plumbers suffered minor superficial burns, after the oxy-acetylene equipment they were using to cut a copper sewerage line, ignited a build-up of methane gas within the line as they worked in the basement area.  “Obviously everyone has been very, very lucky this morning. “It is absolutely critical for everyone to think about safety before they think about doing any work at all, “ Ms. Patterson said.

For further information contact Peter Adams, Principal Communications Officer, SafeWork SA Ph: (08) 8204 9430 .



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