There might be trouble brewing inside the Sydney Opera House as about 35 electricians quit on the historic venue due to persistent electrical issues. It appears some fibres are still loose within the premises and its service ducts.
As per ABC, it appears 25 electricians have been exposed to asbestos as they were installing cable and wiring within the historic building. 35 of the said workers are now refusing to continue the work after the confirmation.
The Electrical Trades Union (ETU), which also provided the report, said the construction company in charge will have seven days or a week to either remove the asbestos or “neutralize” the threat to the workers.
Laing O’Rourke was the construction company in charge of the AU$200-million worth of renovations planned for the building. Meanwhile, Safework New South Wales will be making sure Laing O’Rourke will be following the new directives regarding the asbestos.
According to The Music, the ETU wants both an investigation and a prohibition notice for the removal of the asbestos.
It can be remembered that asbestos is not exactly harmful unless it is either ingested or inhaled. According to Oregon State University, asbestos is dangerous as its fibers can be trapped in the nose or the throat. While this is still removable, asbestos can be lethal when it becomes trapped in the lungs or digestive tract.
Asbestos is actually at its most dangerous when it is said to be friable, or crumbled. This is because the fibers are released for ingestion. Not all asbestos material is dangerous, however. If you have floor tiles, cabinet tops, fire doors, or ceiling tiles out of asbestos, it’s not dangerous unless damaged or destroyed.
Health effects are almost unseen, as asbestos slowly accumulates in the body. Dangerous diseases however include asbestosis, where lung tissues are becoming scarred. Mesothelioma and other forms of cancer in the lungs, larynx, stomach, kidney, and the colon may even develop with asbestos exposure.
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is Sydney’s premier performance arts buildings. It’s considered one of the most famous buildings in the 20th century, and is located in Sydney, New South Wales.
It was designed by Jorn Utzon and was opened on October 20, 1973.