Work to Recommence in Telstra Pits after Asbestos Scare

Reported by Admin | 07 Aug, 2013

Telstra announced yesterday that work halted due to asbestos concerns will recommence on the 19th August now that new requirements to ensure that workers and contractors have completed the proper training in how to safely handle asbestos have been implemented. Telstra’s chief operations officer, Brendon Riley, said that “We advised our contractors today that only …

Presence of Asbestos in Cable Pits Communicated Three Years Ago

Reported by Admin | 01 Jun, 2013

According to News.com.au confirmation has been received that Telstra was informed of asbestos issues in its cable pits three years ago. Telstra in turn have said that they communicated this to the NBN rollout organisation when the deal was signed on the network two weeks ago. This information has come to light on the back …

200 Safety Specialists Hired by Telecommunications Firm for Asbestos Inspections

Reported by Admin | 30 May, 2013

Telstra has committed to hiring 200 safety specialists according to an ABC Online report after a number of sites in different states have been closed due to concerns about asbestos exposure.  These inspectors will be responsible for asbestos inspections at asbestos-related worksites connected to the NBN (National Broadband Network) rollout. Brendan Riley, the company’s chief …

Compo payments ceased after video revealed claimant exaggerated her condition

Reported by Haydee | 07 Nov, 2012

A former Telstra worker who has been receiving back injury compensations for nine years had her long-term compensation payments cut off after the company produced a video of her bending over to pick up her son. Danielle Smith injured her back when her car was hit by a kangaroo on her way home from work …

Unions and employers disagree over workplace bullying rules

Reported by Haydee | 05 Jan, 2012

As ACTU calls for tough national rules on workplace bullying, employer groups say that the reform could lead to a surge in expensive claims. The Australian reports that the Australian Council of Trade Unions is demanding for tough rules on workplace bullying to include a declaration that a single incident of unreasonable behaviour could pose …