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KiwiRail train clearance 'premature' – RMTU

KiwiRail train clearance ‘premature’ – RMTU

Published: 7:26AM Tuesday March 18, 2014 Source: ONE News

  • More asbestos found in KiwiRail trains (Source: One News)

    More asbestos found in KiwiRail trains – Source: One News

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union says plans to return some KiwiRail trains that have tested positive for asbestos to service is premature.

Forty new DL locomotives were taken out of service after potentially harmful asbestos fibres were found in one of the Chinese-built trains last month.

However, tests have found the potentially deadly material is only present in five trains and KiwiRail says that due to the low risk of exposure to the toxic fibres, it will bring the trains back into service soon.

But Rail & Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson says there are still many questions about the asbestos tests that need answering.

“The first round of test results turned up negative for airborne asbestos fibres or asbestos dust. Now, the second ones are showing presence of asbestos in some locomotives,” says Mr Butson.

“We need to see a comparison between the first and second round of testing for each locomotive, in order to understand why some have gone from negative to positive.”

KiwiRail and union officials are meeting in Auckland today and tomorrow to discuss the results of a second round of testing for asbestos fibres

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