Ambulance workers abandoned post due to safety concerns

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Ambulance workers abandoned their post and worked somewhere else due to safety concerns.

According to The Australian, 19 paramedics and one clinic transport officer decided to leave their post in Sunshine and work from nearby St Albans until their concerns were addressed.

A meeting with WorkSafe over health and safety issues was conducted last week.

Ambulance Employees Australia Victoria general secretary Steve McGhie said a report released 12 months ago discovered the 35-year-old building where the ambulance branch is situated should already be demolished. It revealed issues with asbestos and foundations as well as rest facilities for ambulance workers working long shifts.

There were also security concerns as some paramedics are confronted by burglars on Boxing Day.

Mr McGhie said these issues were already brought to Ambulance Victoria’s attention which agreed that major works are important but had required Victorian government funding.

A spokeswoman for Ambulance Victoria said that everyone present during the meeting agree to establish further safety measures.

The Australian further reported that higher fences had already been implemented at the site. Paramedics were also offered rest accommodation or taxi vouchers.

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