Chinese whispers: asbestos complaint at former restaurant has no grounds

NO PROBLEM: WorkCover staff say no asbestos containing material has been demolished or removed from this Summer Centre work site. 
Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NO PROBLEM: WorkCover staff say no asbestos containing material has been demolished or removed from this Summer Centre work site. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

WORKCOVER investigators have followed up a complaint that asbestos material was involved in part of the demolition work being carried out this week on a former Chinese restaurant on the old Summer Centre site.

“Following inquiries with the demolition contractor, WorkCover inspectors determined no asbestos containing material had been demolished or removed from the site,”  a WorkCover spokesperson said.

WorkCover investigators say they have been told by the contractor on the site that work to demolish and remove building material containing asbestos has not commenced and has received a notification from the licensed asbestos removalist that this work will be undertaken.

“WorkCover is satisfied with the work health and safety systems in place to manage the safe removal of asbestos containing material from the site,” the spokesperson said.

Prime Space representative Andrew McDonald said the company is adhering to the guidelines of the development application of the building approved by Orange City Council at the site.

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