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86% of schools in UK contaminated with asbestos

An alarming 86% of UK schools reportedly are contaminated with asbestos, possibly putting students and school staff members at risk for developing respiratory illnesses, industrytoday.co.uk reported on March 12.

The data requested by “Asbestos in Schools Group” revealed that asbestos is present in 9 out of 10 schools. Mesothelioma, a cancer developed from asbestos exposure, has killed 158 teachers over the last decade. Certain areas in schools were found to be more likely to contain asbestos dust, like in boiler rooms. Group campaigner Michael Lees, whose wife also died of Mesothelioma, continuously advocates for asbestos awareness. Experts in UK stressed the importance of having a management plan to safely remove asbestos minerals in schools.

Asbestos contamination in American premises is also putting people at risk of developing cancers that affect the respiratory system. If you or someone you know has been harmed by asbestos exposure and  you want to learn more about your legal recourse, fill out the contact form on the top of this page.

Cottrellville Township and two companies cited for asbestos violations

A citation was given by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to Cottrellville Township and two construction firms for violating asbestos laws, an article by The Times Herald stated on March 1.

The township and the two construction companies reportedly committed negligence in tearing down 12 cabins and a home at 8559 North River Road. DEQ analyst Tammy Bell said the organization was not properly informed of the demolition, and the township did not test for asbestos prior to demolition. Though Bell confirmed that asbestos was present in the demolition site, the parties involved were only given citation because the samples were fortunately not capable of polluting the air.

Many people unfortunately develop mesothelioma cancer after being exposed to asbestos minerals by negligent parties. The cancer that affects the lungs is often fatal and effective treatments for mesothelioma have not yet been proven. Learn more about asbestos hazards and how a skilled lawyer may be helpful to asbestos exposure victims by filling out the contact form on the top of this page today.

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