Australia's largest gas and oil factory claims to have been sabotaged in a horrific act of industrial espionage that puts thousands of workers at risk
- There is fear that a West Australian gas plant is the victim of industrial sabotage
- Woodside Energy, the police named after suspected asbestos fibers, was found
- The police have investigated the problem, but so far no evidence of criminal activity has been found
Australia's largest gas plant has claimed to have been the victim of industrial sabotage following the discovery of suspicious asbestos fibers.
Woodside Energy – which delivers a third of Australia's oil and gas – is called police after the fibers are found in a dozen gaskets at the Karratha gas plant in Western Australia on July 1.
On July 9, tests confirmed white, or chrysotile, asbestos was present in the fiber, the Western Australian reported.
However, no further contamination was discovered after an investigation of the landing area and the pipe rack where the contaminated gaskets were found.
Woodside Energy called the police after the fibers were found on about 1 dozen gaskets in the Karratha gas plant in Western Australia on July 1
On July 9, tests confirmed that white or chrysotile asbestos was present in the suspected asbestos fibers
More asbestos was reportedly found in areas that were cleared after the search.
This led to fears that asbestos had been planted prior to next week's maintenance shutdown – where more than 1,000 employees will be on site.
The police have investigated the incident, but so far no evidence of criminal activity has been found and it is not a police case at this stage.
& # 39; Experienced Woodside investigators have conducted an internal investigation and have engaged the WA police & # 39 ;, Woodside Energy said in a statement.
& # 39; Therefore, we cannot make any further comments. The safety of our employees remains our top priority. & # 39;
All factory workers are advised to contact the National Asbestos Exposure Register to make a record of the potential exposure.
Glenn McLaren of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said the union has asked for Woodside Energy's asbestos management plan.
The factory handed over the documents but they were edited.
McLaren said the industrial relations factory manager, Rob Croft, called him on Thursday to tell him that Woodside Energy thought bad play was involved in the incident.
There is fear that the asbestos was planted prior to next week's maintenance shutdown – where more than 1,000 employees will be on site
But he did not mean that the union had any involvement.
Mr. Croft asked the union to tell its members to monitor and report suspicious behavior they see.
& # 39; The idea that someone would put asbestos on their own body to get it on the site is just ridiculous. "You don't have to ask twice to tell someone to report that," McLaren said.
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