9 May 2012
Medical professionals sought for further investigations at Herons Creek
RMS and its contractor BMD Constructions consider the health and safety of workers on the Herons Creek to Stills Road project on the Pacific Highway upgrade the highest priority.
Yesterday a plant operator working on the site received a medical certificate stating he had symptoms suggesting exposure to caesium, americium, dioxin and DDT.
Unfortunately the certificate was issued by a doctor who is not on WorkCover’s list of medical professionals qualified to make workplace health assessments such as this.
WorkCover has therefore issued a direction to BMD to seek a suitably qualified doctor to review the current situation and make recommendations.
BMD has closed the site today for the safety of all workers while a review is carried out of the testing to date and a suitably qualified medical professional with experience in health monitoring, who is currently with the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, is sought.
Tests to date have shown the highly oxidisable clay contained no contamination from radioactive material, pesticides, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, petroleum hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls or any of the volatile organic hydrocarbons.