3 Jun 2013

TELSTRA KNEW OF ASBESTOS FOR YEARS AND DID NOTHING!


NBN NOT TO BLAME FOR ASBESTOS!
One of Australia’s leading asbestos lawyers believes Telstra faces a massive unquantifiable liability from the removal of ageing asbestos lining from hundreds of thousands of telecommunications pits and pipes.

Turner Freeman managing partner Armando Gardiman said Telstra had been long aware of its potential exposure to liability for asbestos-related claims arising from the pits, as it had been paying out former lines workers who contracted the deadly mesothelioma disease since the mid-1980s.


Mr Gardiman said many Telstra pits made by James Hardie and CSR subsidiary Wunderlich contained all three forms of asbestos – including the most deadly blue type from Wittenoom.

‘HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PITS IN PLACE’

“For nearly three decades, the Postmaster General, and then later Telecom, used asbestos cement pits and asbestos cement pipes in order to run telephone wires and connect domestic users all over the country,” Mr Gardiman said.
“There must be hundreds of thousands of pits in place and tens of thousands of kilometres of conduit in the ground. Unless it is handled within the code of practice [for handling hazardous material] every employee or contractor will have a risk of contracting diseases that won’t manifest for 20 or 40 years.”
The asbestos that had been used was now old and would crumble easily, he added.
“If the contractors are disturbing material by removing existing pipes or pits and leaving it lying around, they are exposing community members to risk, particularly kids.
“If the facts as being presented now are as bad as alleged, then Telstra conceivably faces community claims for the first time in its history, and given they own the pits and the pipes, then conceivably it’s their liability.”
THE COALITION BLAMING THE NBN--- THIS IS RUBBISH!
They,that is TELSTRA sold the idea of NBN using their infrastructure and were handsomely paid for its use , did they tell the NBN about the asbestos, I doubt it?
Should they have replaced these pits years ago, yes, long before NBN was even thought of, yes!
Something smells at TELSTRA why haven't they fixed this problem  

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