Respirable (Fibre) Monitoring Project Profile

Job site / location: Solomon Rail Spur Project- Fortescue Metals Group
Client: Lucas Earthmovers
Value of Works: ~$525,000
Commencement of Works: June 2012
Completion of Works: October 2012

Description of Works

SERS were engaged by Lucas Earthmovers to daily monitor for respirable fibres along a 10km stretch of rail alignment close to the Wittenoom floodway. There was a risk of naturally occurring asbestos being present in the soil as the earthworks were undertaken neighbouring a desolate asbestos mine. SERS carried out fibre monitoring for a period of 115 days, suppling results and findings to the client daily.

The works provided Fortescue Metals Group confidence in Lucas Earthmovers, that there excavation and earthworks methods were being carried out in a safe manner.

A NATA accredited field laboratory was set-up on-site to facilitate the counting of respirable fibres with results submitted to the client by close of business each day. Pre-start presentations were also given to the employees and subcontractors of the client to maintain awareness of the risks associated with the earthworks.



SERS was capable of offering the client advice on all issues in dealing with asbestos abatement inclusive of legislative compliance.

SERS provided a NATA accredited Field Laboratory at the site with daily results and immediate advice where required ensuring a smooth and cost efficient project.