Following concerns after an earthquake, asbestos testing at a Christchurch landfill has not found any evidence of the hazardous mineral. The Department of Labour released a report on Monday under the Official Information Act and explained that Christchurch demolition firm Dormer Construction and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) failed to uncover the presence of asbestos at a Cashel St demolition site back in July.
The department received a complaint alleging that 24 truckloads of asbestos-laded rubble from the earthquake had been dumped at the Burwood recovery park and contaminated steel was taken to Christchurch recycling plant Sims Pacific Metals before the presence of the mineral was even discovered. Department inspector Steve Moran reported that an unnamed individual complained that he was “extremely concerned” that the case was not an isolated incident.
The complainant also told Moran that a digger driver working at the Cashel St site was also concerned about the presence of asbestos. The report said Cera’s assessment found asbestos in the building’s balcony, but the information was not passed on to Dormer Construction. The company had already had an opportunity to test for asbestos before the materials were removed. A Cera spokeswoman said a “small amount” of asbestos was found during a building demolition after the June 13 quake. The recovery park brought in an asbestos contractor and the area of potential contamination was contained. Testing could not identify any asbestos. Cera’s spokeswoman said Dormer Construction was “extremely experienced”.
“All contractors and their staff have had training in recognising asbestos” since the incident, she said. Being exposed to asbestos can lead to many health complications for victims, including mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lungs, heart and chest cavity. It is extremely difficult to treat and to diagnose because symptoms can take up to 50 years to manifest and might not be alarming.
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