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Auckland primary school closed over asbestos scare

Auckland primary school closed over asbestos scare

Published: 10:52AM Thursday May 08, 2014 Source: ONE News

  • A construction site which saw Bayfield School close. (Source: ONE News reporter Ruth Wynn-Williams)

    A construction site which saw Bayfield School close. – Source: ONE News reporter Ruth Wynn-Williams

  • Bayfield School has been closed due to health and safety concerns. (Source: ONE News reporter Ruth Wynn-Williams)

    Bayfield School in the Auckland suburb of Herne Bay has been closed due to health and safety concerns. – Source: ONE News reporter Ruth Wynn-Williams

Two separate investigations have been launched into the closure of a school in the Auckland suburb of Herne Bay after the demolition of buildings prompted an asbestos scare.

Bayfield School’s Board of Trustees last night made the decision to close the school until further notice after testing on the building site found asbestos dust. The construction work began on April 7.

Both the Ministry of Education and Worksafe NZ have announced they’ll be investigating the issue and that the children won’t return to school until tests prove that it is safe.

WorkSafe NZ has prohibited any further work on the school site, and further tests would be carried out today to see if the area outside the fences was asbestos-free.

Head of the Education Infrastructure Service Kim Shannon says the Ministry is working with the school to make provision for the students’ education and that they are expected to be back at school early next week.

“We fully support the decision of the Board of Trustees of Bayfield School to temporarily close the school as a precautionary measure, while we investigate concerns about demolition of some buildings on the school site,” says Ms Shannon.

Parents working on the construction alerted the Board to the problem, according to Chair of the Bayfield Board of Trustees David McPherson, who also says the Board had been “constantly monitoring” the construction job.

“To date we have been satisfied with the process being applied but during the course of today we have become increasingly concerned with the position,” the Board said in a statement.

“This concern has been borne out by a number of tests carried out that indicated the possibility that asbestos dust exists outside the fenced area of works.”

The Ministry says they were aware that there was asbestos on the site from the first day of construction and had hired a “specialist asbestos contractor”. However, they are unsure why a problem has occurred now.

WorkSafe is the site regulator, and the school and the building contractor are responsible for site safety. The person responsible for on-site safety at the school was being managed by an independent person appointed by the Ministry of Education.

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