Queensland and NSW Laboratory discusses the exposure of students at three schools in Mackay to asbestos.
As a result of the incidents that occurred at Mackay North State High, Mirani State High and Moranbah East State High, the Queensland State Government has announced plans to ban negligent contractors.
An audit had found that an asbestos contractor failed to inform Mackay North State High School's staff that its workers were on school grounds and that the contractor used an insufficient, standard vacuum to remove asbestos material-possibly allowing asbestos particles to become airborne.
Lastly, the report noted that, at Mirani State High School, the ceiling collapsed due to a "minor structure failure" and students were required to shower in their uniforms due to the asbestos which rained down upon them.
In all of these incidents, students were put at risk for contracting asbestos related diseases-such as malignant mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive disease which affects the linings of many of the body's internal cavities.
The contractors will be dealt with severely, and the government will ban negligent contractors, such as those who performed work on the three schools.