MCH: We didn't start the (chemical) fire

Posted on
July 11, 2023
Public Sector

WHS is union business

We have received some alarming reports of contractors burning acetone, chemicals and other construction materials outside the Mersey Hospital stores and pharmacy area.

We visited on Friday to speak to workers and inspect the site.

Whilst the worst of the smell has mostly abated, we still understand some workers were particularly affected Thursday, with one worker having to leave early.

This is clearly a safety issue and we’re seeking further information from Health about how this was allowed to occur and exactly why contractors are burning waste in the open.

If you or anyone you know has been affected and or encountering difficulties with anything mentioned above, please contact HACSUassist 1300 880 032 or

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email or complete our online contact form

Public Sector