||Issue No. 310||09 June 2006|
I'm No Economist, But ….
Interview: Rock Solid
Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Politics: The Johnnie Code
Energy: Fission Fantasies
History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
International: Closer to Home
Economics: Taking the Fizz
Unions: Stronger Together
Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Poetry: Fair Go Gone
Grandmother Fights Fabrication Company
Bog Standards, Hanssen Exposed
Iemma Told To Change At Central
"Spineless" Andrews Apologises
Process Abused - Call Peter McIlwain
The Locker Room
Greens Are Good For You
Calling All Micks!
Coming Up Swinging
Mining For Gold
Blood Spangled Banner
Never To Be Repeated Offer
Labor Council of NSW
Telstra Dials Up A Shocker
Leon Bulgarelli was one of 14 Townsville staff ferried to hospital by ambulance after a March power surge left him with a burst eardrum and internal haemorrhaging.
He was hospitalised again, last Monday, after being struck at his River Quays desk by another power surge.
The Public Sector Union's Rose Boothroyd said the site has had a history of power surges, with up to eight unreported surges since March.
In April last year, one worker was injured so badly she suffered permanent brain damage.
Boothroyd said the dangerous conditions had inspired people to vote with their feet.
"One year ago, just after the first incident we had close to 170 working in the area - today there are less than 80," the CPSU organiser said. "People are scared to come to work."
Victims of power surges can experience nausea and dizziness, loss of balance, blurred vision, disorientation and memory loss, for up to three months.
"Typically an operator will hear a noise and then get a sensation similar to a static electric shock - but the real damage is done as the current surges through the headset, straight through the ear canal to the inner ear and into the brain," Boothroyd said.
Telstra's Julie-Ann Taylor said initial findings of an investigation showed no problems with the site.
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