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Date PostedApril 11, 2019

Airborne Fungi Pose Health Risk to Construction Workers at WestConnex

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Construction workers working in the M4 East tunnels in Sydney’s inner west were exposed to extremely high concentrations of airborne fungi. It posed a potentially “high risk to all persons”.

Recently 500 construction workers walked off the site after the findings were revealed. They had failed to receive adequate assurances from the contractor building the tunnels.

A confidential report by a Mycolab laboratory found the average of 4 samples taken from inside the tunnels had an “extremely high” rating of airborne fungal concentrations.The concentration found was significantly higher than outdoor airbourne fungal concentrations, which may pose a health risk to everyone present and particularly to sensitised individuals.

Construction staff and electricians refused to enter the tunnels until steps were taken to safeguard their health, walking off the site.

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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