By Tom WilliamsThe construction equipment manufacturer Malette has come under fire for using outdated technology that could potentially harm the environment.
The company says it has spent over $3bn on upgrading its equipment to better protect the environment, but some environmentalists are not convinced.
Malette’s chief executive, Michael Smith, has admitted that the company has used outdated and outdated construction equipment for decades and said that he will make changes to its equipment in the future.
“We are constantly looking to improve our products and processes to ensure they remain environmentally safe and secure,” Smith said in a statement.
“Malette is committed to reducing our environmental footprint and ensuring the highest quality of products we offer to our customers, including those in Australia.”
The company also said it had made improvements in its products to protect the health and safety of its workers, but not all its workers are pleased with the changes.
“They are going to be coming back,” one of Malette’s senior managers, Stephen Daley, told the ABC.
“The first thing we’re going to do is make sure we get our hands on these old, antiquated equipment so that we can fix it, and that we get it back in working order and that the employees are in a position to return to their jobs.”
Mr Smith said that in the past he had used the term “old, antiqued equipment” but said the term was not entirely accurate.
“In fact, it’s a very, very old term,” he said.
“It means the equipment that has not been upgraded in decades, and has not had any significant modifications over the years, so it’s actually an outdated term.”
Mr Daley said that while he used to work for Malette for many years, he did not believe the company had changed its products.
“I used to think that there was a lot of goodwill with the company, I thought it was a pretty nice, old company, but I’ve now been through some really tough times,” he told the program.
“There’s been a lot more scrutiny around Malette in the last two years, and I think they have a lot to answer for.”
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