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Telstra Returns To Work Amidst Asbestos Concerns
In a recent statement Telstra said it would resume the ‘replacement and repair of telecommunication pits associated with the provision of essential services’.
However, the work will only includerestoration and repair work associated with incidents i.e cable-cuts leading to outages and loss of basic services, Telstra said.
Every task will be reportedly conducted by licensed removalists.
A spokeswoman said the work is not being done at asbestos-contaminated NBN pits.
No confirmation was given as to how sites would be subject to repair work.
‘It’s only a handful – a very small number (of pits) in NSW,’ the spokeswoman told AAP.
‘We’re not resuming NBN work today. This is very limited, essential emergency work.’
Remediation work on Telstra’s NBN sites was halted over three months ago when it was discovered that many were contaminated with asbestos that had not been handled properly.
‘This is the first time we’ve started to do anything since we announced the stoppage of all work at the end of May,’ said the spokeswoman.
Telstra contractors are still undergoing retraining for asbestos management.
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