Jun 25th 2021
Four Hurt in Concrete Pump Accident
Trucks concrete pump explodes in Melbourne's CBD.
Four workers were injured on a construction site on Bourke Street yesterday morning after a truck's concrete pump exploded.
Emergency crews rushed to the site, where firefighters assessed multiple patients before transferring them into paramedics' care. It's understood a man in his 30's and another in his 20's suffered upper-body injuries and were taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Another two are believed to have been treated for upper body injuries and taken to The Alfred Hospital, while at least two suffered facial injuries from the blast.
'Firefighters investigated the concrete truck for any further danger, and the incident was brought under control within seven minutes.' Fire Rescue Victoria said.
WorkSafe is investigating.
Read the full article on Nine News website.
$100K fine after New Zealand company illegally dumped waste.
A company responsible for removing debris from the New Plymouth Airport terminal demolition project appeared in the Environmental Court for illegally dumping demolition material on a dairy farm in North Taranaki.
Taranaki Regional Council staff investigated the farm after a member of the public made a complaint about a 'smokey fire'. Investigations by the council found concrete, flooring, roof material, timber framing, panelling, and cabling in two pits, one which had been filled with water and the other which had been set on fire. Abatement notices were served, and subsequent testing showed contamination of the surface water and soil, in addition to asbestos fragments.
The company explained during the court hearing that they couldn't dispose of the waste at a local landfill as, during the period of demolition, it had stopped accepting waste.
Judge Brian Dwyer said that 'Their company is in the business of demolition and, as participants in it, they were expected to know and comply with their legal obligations'.
He described their actions as 'deliberate' and 'reckless'. The directors of the company were convicted of two breaches of the Resource Management Act.
Read the full article on the Trinitas Group website.
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