Asbestos concern in Sydney

Work has been stopped for the second time at the high-rise development site at Barangaroo in Sydney due to fears of asbestos.

A significant amount of crumbled asbestos that had been run over by heavy trucks and machinery was discovered by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) at the site on Monday 25 June 2012.

After this discovery, around 40 people who were digging at the southern part of the site where the asbestos was found walked off the job.

Work at this part of the NSW site is not set to resume and an update on the situation will be delivered to all staff in a meeting on Tuesday.

Earlier this year in April, the CFMEU said that the area was contaminated with a variety of harmful chemicals including asbestos. This asbestos fear saw 150 workers removed from the Sydney construction site.

Small amounts of expsoure to asbestos can result in a person developing an asbestos related disease such as mesothelioma. Thus it is important to protect such workers from asbestos to elimiate the risk of mesothelioma.

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