FALLING debris from a Pitt St building site has left workers in the offices below wondering how long their luck will last.
Over the last two months, falling construction materials have narrowly missed staff from neighbouring offi
A falling rock smashed into the back windscreen of a parked car while a worker was getting something out of the car boot.
A second incident saw a steel rod crash through the building’s roof, coming through the ceiling and narrowly missing a worker at her desk.
The woman did not want to comment on the incident.
The offices of Body Positive and Positive Women on Poynton St sit behind the Chatham apartments, being built on upper Pitt St by Hawkins Construction company.
Body Positive worker Ron Irvine says they have been very lucky.
Mr Irvine says when the steel rod fell they alerted construction workers who came and removed it quickly and patched the hole in the roof with wire netting.
“I think they realised it could have been quite serious.”
Last week Mr Irvine says more debris was heard falling on to the roof although he was unsure what the object was.
Dust and sparks falling from above have also meant workers cars need to be constantly cleaned throughout the day.
Mr Irvine says Hawkins has employed a mobile car valet service to be on site almost permanently and clean cars as they get covered in concrete dust.
Mr Irvine says his car has also been covered with sparks from welding going on above the carpark and some cars have had tyres punctured by nails on the ground.
He says although the valet service cleans the cars, the damage from electrical sparks is still visible.
“It should really be sanded back and re-painted,” he says.
Worker Craig Webster says simply cleaning the cars over and over again is not going to fix the problem.
“You can have your car cleaned and within an hour it’s back to the same.”
Hawkins safety manager Andrew Confait says while the company realises there is a level of inconvenience for neighbours, they have investigated fully any issues to date and put measures in place to mitigate them.
He did not specify what the safety measures were.
Mr Confait says Hawkins will continue talking with neighbours to proactively solve their concerns.
Construction on the Chatham apartments, which include three basement carparking levels and eight upper storeys of 51 apartments, began in 2007 and is due to be completed early next year.
A spokesperson from the council’s incident management department says no complaints have been received about the falling objects.
But the council has responded to complaints of dirty water from upper levels falling on to the footpath and carriageway.