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Lendlease expects Plaza asbestos to be cleared by end of day

Work stops in the western car park of Sunshine Plaza on Friday in response to the discovery of asbestos.
Work stops in the western car park of Sunshine Plaza on Friday in response to the discovery of asbestos. Patrick Woods

UPDATE: Lendlease expects construction work to be back to normal across its Sunshine Plaza site on Tuesday in the wake of last week's asbestos discovery.

A Lendlease spokeswoman anticipated all identified affected materials would be removed by the end of Monday.

"The issue is contained to the localised areas of the construction site and does not impact the operational centre," the spokeswoman said.

"Air monitoring will continue until remediation works are completed.

"To date, air monitors have not registered any traces of harmful materials."

She said safety was a number one priority.

Exclusion zones were set up in the western carpark after Super 66 roofing material containing asbestos was unearthed.

A worker walks past an exclusion zone at Sunshine Plaza on Friday.
A worker walks past an exclusion zone at Sunshine Plaza on Friday. Patrick Woods

A Workplace Health and Safety Queensland spokesman said the risk that workers were exposed to asbestos was negligible.

"Asbestos debris found in the dirt is bonded, which means asbestos fibres are bonded to a cement matrix," the spokesman said.

He said monitoring had not detected airborne asbestos fibres and the material was not being disturbed or broken up.

"Asbestos debris and surrounding dirt is being removed by licenced asbestos removalists using appropriate control methods."

He said Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors as well as occupational hygienists employed by Lendlease were continuing regular site inspections.

EARLIER: Workplace Health and Safety Queensland says it has determined the asbestos exposure risk for Sunshine Plaza redevelopment workers involved in last week's discovery.

"Following extensive inquiries, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has concluded the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres is negligible," a spokesman said.

He said that was due to the asbestos being contained in dumped Super 66 roofing material.

Pieces of the roofing were discovered on Wednesday and then more unearthed on Thursday.

It led to exclusion zones being set up in the western car park redevelopment area.

"Asbestos debris found in the dirt is bonded, which means asbestos fibres are bonded to a cement matrix."

He said Lendlease engaged a third party hygienist to assess and subsequently monitor the site.

"Air monitoring also commenced and a licenced asbestos removalist was employed to decontaminate the site."

The spokesman said that monitoring had not detected airborne asbestos fibres.

He said the material was not being disturbed or broken up.

"Asbestos debris and surrounding dirt is being removed by licenced asbestos removalists using appropriate control methods."

He said Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors as well as occupational hygienists employed by Lendlease were continuing regular site inspections.

Topics:  asbestos asbestos removal construction lend lease occupational health and safety oh & s sunshine plaza



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