Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Fletcher's were given the task of being the lead contractor for the Canterbury rebuild.

Part of what is turning out to be a dubious response to the very unique events created by over 11000 seismic events is certifying all workers involved are suitably trained in worksafe practices.

Amongst many very strange acts within that management oversight that has experienced tradesmen being required to undertake training days where they are being taught to suck eggs with unpaid days, being schooled in skills totally superfluous to any need, the floundering muppets have included specific ways to deal with linings, particularly ceilings containing ASBESTOS.
Without these expensive and often duplication requirements, a tradie is precluded from participation.

Many structures both residential and commercial contain such potentially dangerous  materials and the methods to deal with them safely are quite involved and expensive.

With "stipple" ceilings in houses, I am led to understand the recommended procedure is to paint the surface of the contaminated linings, affix new battens and install new linings leaving the timebomb ticking until some unsuspecting bastard in subsequent attempted renovations, confronting the danger masked with the "out of sight out of mind solution", exposed.

Now  that seems a serious blunder.



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Tinman said...

Now that seems a serious blunder.

Why? And why just Fletchers when this is standard industry practice?

For that matter why the panic over asbestos? The fellows I know who were killed/incapacitated by the stuff were working in it not with it.

You used to see the poor bastards in the pub still covered in the white shit.

Many, many thousands (if not millions) have lived with asbestos in the form of stipple ceilings or polite cladding without having a problem.

One more why; Why the fuck should I, through insurance premiums, taxes etc. pay to fix someone else's problem. They bought/built the place with the asbestos there, let them bloody fix it!

gravedodger said...

I guess my point Tinman, is the covering up of the assumed danger after numerous hours of builder's time and their staff being instructed to follow what is suposedly how things need to be done in "training days"
I am not advocating for or supporting what the tossers in the bureaucracy have decided is industry best practice.

When it comes to ladders vs scaffolding I am left perplexed as to how the fire service continues to use ladders in the dark on unknown ground yet a builder has H&S regs for coping with stable floors and good light, again it is BOLLOCKS.