Material that was disturbed at the construction site of the new Royal Hobart Hospital has been identified as asbestos.
The project is the largest dollar value construction project in Tasmania and this is the second time a suspicious material was discovered. The material was confirmed as asbestos by the Health Minister Michael Ferguson.
The massive $689 million construction project has been dogged by delays since its commencement.
This kind of discovery is common when working on refurbishment projects on older buildings because asbestos was commonly used in the building materials industry in the past. Asbestos has been banned for use in Australia.