Asbestos exposure low – Otago Daily Times

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Worksafe is not investigating after contractors were exposed to asbestos-contaminated soil while working to open a new Cobb & Co restaurant at the Dunedin Railway Station.

Dunedin City Council organisational development and performance director Marian Rillstone said last month WorkSafe was told about the issue despite the risk to workers being considered ”incredibly low”.

Plumbing, electrical and IT communications staff were among those installing services in underfloor areas of the building before the asbestos was detected.

A WorkSafe spokesman said yesterday it was not investigating because the issue was not notifiable.

The contamination involved trace levels of asbestos in soil and the work was handled appropriately.

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