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Staff evacuated from Australia Post facility

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20 Aug 2014
Staff were evacuated from the Australia Post Facility overnight due to a potential hazmat scare.

Fire crews were called to the Sunshine West facility at 8.22pm and remained on scene for nearly three hours.

A strong pungent odour was omitting from a large Australia Post truck filled with mail and parcels.

Twenty workers from the facility were evacuated. One worker was taken to hospital for observation while three others were treated on scene for minor affects.

The process of locating the source and nature of the product was time consuming and required the MFB Hazmat Unit.

Firefighters conducted air monitoring, thermal imaging, to assist in identifying and keeping the area safe. The expertise of the MFB Scientific Officer was utilised.

The sulphur dioxide gas was located coming from a battery that had overheated in a battery tray on the side of the prime mover.  The area was made safe and declared under control.

Worksafe and EPA were informed.



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