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Sparkies Refine Safety Tactics
A Brisbane Caltex refinery will provide fire blankets, fix safety showers and improve safety procedures after 400 workers struck for a week.
Staff at the Lytton facility identified seventy problems with safety procedure at the site.
The safety audit was prompted by a hydrogen fluoride gas leak last week which hospitalised 24 workers. The employees were rushed to hospital suffering breathing difficulties and skin rashes.
The staff were exposed to the deadly gas while working on an acid return line. Exposure to the gas can damage calcium in bones.
As well as distributing safety blankets to extinguish burning workers, the company will introduce remote alarms, and more gas detectors.
Caltex will also ensure emergency helicopters can land near emergency muster points and increase emergency training for staff.
ETU Queensland secretary, Dick Williams, said the dispute is a timely reminder of the risks inherent in John Howard's proposed industrial relations changes.
"Under his proposed changes.....workers will not be free to protect themselves in this way from renegade companies, especially petrochemical companies such as this, which ignore the safety of workers and the general community," Williams said.
During the dispute Williams had described the Caltex refinery as another Longford ESSO refinery explosion waiting to happen.
In September 1998 an explosion at ESSO's Longford gas plant killed two workers and injured eight others. Victoria coroner, Graeme Johnstone, later found ESSO was solely responsible for the disaster and tragedy.
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