In Junem Telstra shut down its asbestos removal program at telecommunications pits throughout the nation after concerns were raised that community had been exposed to the deadly fibres during remediation work.
Penrith was one of the sites first to be shut down and several members of the community were forced to evacuate their homes.
Telstra has since finished the clean-up work at five pits in the area but the inspections of 16 others, found more asbestos in the soil.
Telstra says 11 other pits throughout the area will be cleaned up by this week.
In a statement, the telco said it is uncertain whether the asbestos contamination came from the pits.
A review by Telstra this month revealed that key contractors needed more supervision and better supplies. .
Telstra’s chief operations officer Brendon Riley said the company will ensure that all mandatory standards are met by all staff.
Asbestos was often used in the 1980’s as a building material. It has since been prohibited to use, but remains a rising cause of death.
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