The collapse of an underground cross passage on the West Gate tunnel construction project this morning has endangered workers and puts builder, CPB Contractors’ ability in doubt.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported when the cross passage, which connects the two main tunnels, gave way causing soil to rapidly flood into the main tunnel at an unstoppable rate.
The soil in the area is enclosed by basalt rock and is supposed to be clay. The clearance of soil from the basalt rock raises concerns about the potential for further and more severe collapses within the tunnel.
This demonstrates the danger and unpredictability of building underground, and the importance of health and safety on construction sites.
The CFMEU is calling for the government to prevent further contracts being awarded to CPB Contractors who has a long history of safety breaches, including one death on the West Gate Tunnel project in 2018.
The CFMEU has no confidence in CPB Contractors to build in Australia, especially Victoria’s $15 billion dollar northeast link tunnel where works have already commenced.
Worker and public safety is of the upmost importance to the CFMEU, and the Union will not stop until everyone is safe.
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