Perth Roof Issues Continue To Appear
There seems to be a spate of issues with roofs in Perth of late. It’s just been reported by Perth Now that the Perth childrens hospital is the latest building to have roofing issues. It seems the issue in this instance is due to excess water, which is compounding the already existing asbestos roof removal process that was uncovered recently. The team at Perth now quoted:
WATERLOGGING of the Perth Children’s Hospital, already plagued by asbestos contamination, has caused part of the building’s ceiling to collapse.
A source involved in the project told PerthNow that two sections of the ceiling collapsed after becoming waterlogged from recent heavy rainfall in the past week.
The material crashed from the top floor, with the source saying that if anyone had been underneath the falling panels that “they would have been killed”.
Photographs received by PerthNow this afternoon show signs of rubble on the ground floor, resulting from the ceiling sections collapsing.
The source said the ceiling sheeting could not cope with the weight of water that had seeped into the panels.
The source also said it was feasible that the structural integrity of the sheeting had been “compromised” due to asbestos remediation work carried out on the atrium panels.
Emergency meetings were apparently being held late this afternoon to try to resolve the latest crisis which has hit the PCH building site.
John Holland confirmed late today that “a small section of plasterboard ceiling became dislodged” earlier today.
A spokeswoman said: “It is believed that the plasterboard had been damaged by water following an extreme weather event on Sunday night.
“No one was injured.
“John Holland inspected the hospital building on Monday morning and had set up a number of small exclusion zones where water ingress was sighted. The plasterboard fell from an area where water damage occurred.
“Earlier today, an industrial hygienist had conducted tests to also check for any other areas of water damage beyond what could be seen. Results of these tests are pending.
“All appropriate safety regulators have been notified and exclusion zones remain in place.”
The spokeswoman said two parts of the same gyprock ceiling sheet fell and they were not related to the asbestos roof atrium panels.
“The asbestos remediation works involve the roof atrium panels,” she said.
“We are referring to parts of one ceiling sheet that fell away as a consequence of being water logged following an extreme weather event.”
A spokeswoman for the PCH project confirmed earlier this afternoon that “a panel … has come down” and that no staff were injured.
She could not confirm whether the panel fell as part of the asbestos remediation work.
She said all further comments would need to come from John Holland.
Asbestos Roof Removal Already Underway
John Holland Group is currently overseeing remediation of asbestos contained in about 170 atrium panels. It is understood that a subcontractor is undertaking the remediation work on behalf of John Holland.
The remediation work has involved using a large crane on top of the building to undertake the delicate task of lifting out asbestos sheets contained in each panel.
CFMEU warned the Barnett Government last month not to undertake risky remediation of the asbestos panels by taking apart each panel and stripping out the deadly asbestos. The union instead recommended that each panel remain intact and be replaced with a new panel.
Remediation work for asbestos, which was discovered by workers in July — coupled with the discovery of lead-contaminated water on the site in August — threatens to stretch out the hospital opening into the new year.
This latest roofing disaster adds to more recent storm issues where a local Baldivis storefront had its roof literally ripped off during some wild weather.
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