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Asbestos levels halt demolition

July 25, 2011
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WILTON, ME — Recent tests revealing high levels of asbestos in the air has shut down the demolition of the former Forster Manufacturing building, according to the Sun Journal.

After Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) tests came back with airborne asbestos at elevated levels, Downeast Construction voluntarily shut down operations, the article stated.

"Nobody should be in the building without proper hazard suits, respirators, boots, gloves and head protection," said William Coffin, area director for OSHA in Maine.

According to the article, it is believed that less than 10 workers were exposed to the unacceptable levels of asbestos.

Demolition will not continue until a licensed asbestos remediation contractor can safely remove the substance, the article noted.

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