Following the discovery of asbestos at its premises, Christchurch plasterboard manufacturer Winstone Wallboards has temporarily closed its plant.
According to Stuff.co.nz, Winstone Wallboards’ general manager David Thomas said that the traces of asbestos originated from the roof. They were likely to have been contained within the manufacturing building.
He added that the plant was being tested and the premises were closed down to ensure the safety of the company’s employees and contractors.
"The company is not aware of any related health symptoms. However, as a precaution, health checks will be made available to employees and contractors," Thomas said.
"The health and safety of our work force is our No 1 priority."
He added that an asbestos-removal specialist had advised Winstone Wallboards that the contamination of neighbouring properties was no cause for concern.
Because of the plant closure, South Island customers were likely to experience delays in the fulfillment of their orders. However, the company’s Auckland plant will help take up some South Island orders during this period.