Fletcher's were given the task of being the lead contractor for the Canterbury rebuild.
Part of what is turning out to be a dubious response to the very unique events created by over 11000 seismic events is certifying all workers involved are suitably trained in worksafe practices.
Amongst many very strange acts within that management oversight that has experienced tradesmen being required to undertake training days where they are being taught to suck eggs with unpaid days, being schooled in skills totally superfluous to any need, the floundering muppets have included specific ways to deal with linings, particularly ceilings containing ASBESTOS.
Without these expensive and often duplication requirements, a tradie is precluded from participation.
Many structures both residential and commercial contain such potentially dangerous materials and the methods to deal with them safely are quite involved and expensive.
With "stipple" ceilings in houses, I am led to understand the recommended procedure is to paint the surface of the contaminated linings, affix new battens and install new linings leaving the timebomb ticking until some unsuspecting bastard in subsequent attempted renovations, confronting the danger masked with the "out of sight out of mind solution", exposed.