Asbestos imports prompt national alert

Asbestos imports prompt national alert

A national alert has been issued following the discovery of asbestos in construction products provided by Yuanda Australia (a subsidiary of Yuanda China Holdings Limited).

Yuanda has supplied construction products to 69 projects across Australia, three of which have been confirmed as having received products containing asbestos materials. The Australian Border Force have now seized evidence to further investigate projects that may have been contaminated, and have commenced assessment of all Yuanda containers prior to their entering the country. It is understood that the construction giant has been cooperative in these dealings.

Although the importing of asbestos was banned in 2003 we continue to see contaminated products slip through our borders. Part of the problem is that some countries classify goods as “asbestos-free” although the item contains low levels of asbestos. Regardless of the level of asbestos contained within the product, the deadly material poses significant health risks to workers and members of the general public.

Any person exposed to asbestos is at risk of developing an asbestos related injury or illness. If you have developed an asbestos related injury or illness you may be able to claim compensation, even if your exposure to asbestos was many years ago. Call our friendly team today on (03) 9321 9988 to discuss your potential entitlements.

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