Fruit fly fumigation activities halted after workers ill


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Fumigation has been suspended in a fruit fly control zone after four biosecurity workers fell ill.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water, and Environment is investigating the incident in which the workers may have been exposed to the potentially dangerous pesticide, methyl bromide at George Town in Tasmania’s north.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the DPIPWE said the incident occurred at Devonport in northern Tasmania.

“DPIPWE has voluntarily suspended fumigation activities until further notice while the investigation is underway,” she said.

“Four DPIPWE staff were potentially exposed to methyl bromide during fumigation work on Tuesday 13 February.

“DPIPWE reported the incident to WorkSafe Tasmania and the CPSU [Community and Public Sector Union] on the morning of Wednesday 14 February after two staff reported feeling unwell.

“DPIPWE has commenced its own investigation into the incident.”

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