Concerns raised about potential asbestos exposure at Edmonton hotel One hotel employee has quit and another is on stress leave over questionable renovation work Posted: Aug 30, 2017 6:00 AM MT Last Updated: Aug 30, 2017 11:44 AM MT A witness says he observed a large amount of possibly contaminated construction debris being thrown directly into bins outside the hotel where anyone could be exposed. (CBC) A renovation project at a northwest Edmonton hotel has drawn safety concerns from some employees due to the handling of asbestos removal. The employees say construction work continued at the New West Hotel despite a stop-work order issued by Occupational Health and Safety. The hotel, located at 15025 111th Ave., has been a fixture in northwest Edmonton since opening in 1954. "Apparently some of that project includes asbestos abatement and certainly we're aware of that site and we're aware of some of the concerns expressed," said Alberta Labour ministry spokesperson Trent Bancarz. Bancarz initially told CBC News that an inspection was carried out on July 5 but no stop-work order was issued. But a source provided CBC with documents showing Occupational Health and Safety did issue a stop-work order on that day. Alberta Labour has since confirmed that a stop-work order was issued to the hotel on July 5 because there had been no testing for asbestos. The order was lifted Aug.
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