As­bestos dan­ger on dual-use path

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - Michael Whit­worth, Safety Bay

I re­cently saw a youth fall from a Ra­zor-type scooter.

The scooter’s wheel had been caught in the col­laps­ing side of a 1970s-era PMG phone pit.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing, while walk­ing the dog, the ris­ing sun re­flected off the side of the pit and a close look con­firmed it con­tained as­bestos ce­ment.

While foot traf­fic would have lit­tle chance to break up and release fi­bres, the hard ure­thane wheels of the Ra­zor-type scoot­ers had been dam­ag­ing the top edge and crush­ing small lumps of as­bestos.

When the slabbed foot­path was up­graded to a wider con­crete dual-use path some years ago, I found it odd that the pits were not re­placed at that time.

I have seen col­laps­ing pits in my street and on Mal­ibu Road near Safety Bay Se­nior High School.

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