In October 2015 we became aware our employees and contractors working on the Minnivale Reservoir refurbishment project did so without the necessary safety measures in place for working with asbestos containing materials (ACM).
We’ve now completed our investigation and found that:-
There were multiple opportunities for asbestos to be identified on the Minnivale Reservoir site, but contractors were not informed during the planning, design and construction phases of the refurbishment project.
The investigation also established that the asbestos containing material removed from the Minnivale Reservoir was contained either at a landfill facility or on site. Extensive sampling of the Minnivale Reservoir site has not identified any asbestos fibres.
In addition to the externally reviewed investigation, an independent expert in asbestos risk management was engaged to conduct a re-enactment of grinding work undertaken during refurbishment of the Reservoir.
The results of the re-enactment show that asbestos was not present at a concentration exceeding the Workplace Exposure Standard, set by the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission.
To prevent this situation from ever occurring again, we’ve started a project to ensure that appropriate governance, processes and accountabilities for asbestos management are in place across the organisation. This includes steps to ensure our project delivery process has multiple check points for asbestos identification and management.
Below is a copy of the investigation and other related documents:
Employee fact sheet
Incident Investigation – summary and full report
Asbestos Management Project
If you have any questions or concerns and would like to talk to someone at the Water Corporation, please call (08) 9420 3611.