Friday, 25 May 2012
The state of the building site at the Cairns Base Hospital has alarmed concerned local who claim it resembles.
A public protect picket will be held this morning to highlight a number of serious safety concerns and sloppy work practices.
Janine Aitken says that you will only see ''jumps'' this old in third-world countries.
"Builders on the Base Hospital construction site are ignoring fundamental safety matters with inferior products being used."
"I saw a worker throwing building materials including large bits of wood and metals from the top yellow platform over the edge," Janine Aitken says.
"I also saw another worker leaning right over the edge to drill something with no harness. I then observed the same guy do some welding without any welding screens put up."
Aitken says she also saw another worker propped up a ladder with no safety measures.
"He climbed on down, no harness, no three points of contact, no safety at all. The fact is our ambo's are going to have to find a way to reach these clowns if they are injured and there is no safety exits. It's a joke."
The Cairns Base Hospital redevelopment is a $500 million dollar project.
"It's being done on the cheap," Aitken says. "If we don't stand up for this, we will spend the next 20 years band-aiding it because it wasn't done properly the first place.
The construction is being undertaken by Abigroup, one of Lend Lease companies operating in Australia. They were selected in 2010 as the managing contractor to redevelop Cairns Base Hospital which involves the new clinical services building and the refurbishment of the existing Blocks A, B and C.
Abigroup’s Queensland manager Steve Abson said at the time of being awarded the contract that Abigroup was committed to maintaining Queensland Health’s service delivery to the Cairns community throughout the delivery of the project.”
"The project will require detailed planning and coordination due to significant space constraints and the sensitivity of working in a hospital precinct environment," Steve Abson said.
Now there is an urgent call for building inspectors to intervene on the construction site.
"This construction is third world style, with inferior jumps, materials, and safety is being ignored with workers being bullied," Janine Aitken says.