The discovery of asbestos at a site of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium has resulted in construction work on the stadium being halted on a temporary basis. Officials stated that work was stopped on one part of the site after the potentially deadly substance was discovered in order to try and protect the workers.

Exposure to airborne asbestos dust and fibers can result in a range of serious or even deadly health problems, such as scarring of the lungs, respiratory problems, and even a form of cancer known as mesothelioma. Officials have confirmed that construction work on the rest of the site will continue as planned.

An official from the Olympic Delivery Authority stated: “The health and safety of the work force is our No. 1 priority. We are working with the relevant authorities and expect work to restart progressively as protective measures are put in place over the next few days.”

Luckily construction work on the Olympic Stadium started three months earlier than planned, and commenced in May of this year. Authorities stated that this meant that any problems from the closure of the section would be minimised.

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