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2012 Olympics work halted after asbestos is found

PUBLISHED: 22:08 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 05 October 2010

WORK on the foundations of the 2012 Olympics Stadium has had to be halted because of the discovery of asbestos.

Samples of material containing the asbestos were found in the construction site at Stratford, the Olympic Delivery Authority revealed today (Wed)

Mike Brooke

WORK on the foundations of the 2012 Olympics Stadium has had to be halted because of the discovery of asbestos.

Samples of material containing the asbestos were found in the construction site at Stratford, the Olympic Delivery Authority revealed today (Wed).

Work was stopped in one section of the site "as a precautionary measure," while construction of the rest of the stadium and Olympic Park continued.

"A small amount of asbestos-containing material has been discovered within the ground of the Olympic Stadium," the authority's Head of Health and Safety Lawrence Waterman confirmed.

"The safety of the workforce is our first priority, so we have taken measures to stop work in this area as a precaution."

The authority expects work to re-start progressively as protective measures are put in place over the next few days.

Construction started on the stadium in May, three months ahead of schedule. The piling work to create the foundation is already over half-way through.

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