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“They kept busting drywall after the stop-work order was in place,” said Rebecca Grant, a housekeeper with New West Hotel until very recently when she quit her job due to the health risk involved. “It was making me sick. I’d go into work and I’d have a really hard time breathing as soon as I hit the upstairs.” “It just got to be too much, mentally and physically too much” said Warner Stevenson, a maintenance worker with the hotel who is on stress leave. “They’re just not going about it the right way. They’re not getting permits. The hotel is full of asbestos.” A man who educates federal employees about occupational health and safety issues, who wished not to be identified, told CBC how the hotel and the crew tapped to clear out the asbestos were handling the job recklessly. “I’ve gone in at different times of day and night and you can hear banging and stuff being ripped out,” he said. “The construction would go on later at night. Some of the tenants upstairs in the rooms were saying ‘Oh yeah, they’ve been working up here 10, 11 o’clock at night.’ “ The man also noted how the crew was not even equipped with proper asbestos abatement measures. “You seal off the area, you put ventilation fans there, you wear a mask and gloves.

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