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What are the two types of asbestos?

Asbestos minerals have been widely used in many industries due to its characteristics that could strengthen materials and make it fire or electric resistant. It is a mineral found in rocks and soils and is mainly made of oxygen and silicon. People should know that asbestos can be classified into two types based on their minuscule fibers.

Asbestos can be classified as “chrysotile” when the fibers are seemed to intertwine with each other spirally. Chrysotile only comes in white color and it is considered to be the common asbestos type used in construction. The second type of asbestos is “amphibole” and it could be distinguished from chrysotile if the fibers look similar to needles. Amphibole asbestos has five subtypes depending on the fiber color appearance.

Though asbestos has proven its effectiveness in strengthening materials used in everyday lives, it has been linked to a rare lung cancer called mesothelioma. Such cancer has no cure and a patient diagnosed with it may only live for a couple more months. If you want to know more about asbestos and its hazards, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer.

Asbestos detected inside high school auditorium in Orange Village

School officials in Pepper Pike, Ohio were recently informed that the auditorium at Orange High School, which the school board is currently renovating, contains asbestos, an August 11 article from cleveland.com reported.

Superintendent Ed Holland informed school officials of asbestos in the ceiling of the 40-year-old auditorium at the school. Upon detecting the hazardous material in the 8,800 square-foot building, reconstruction was ceased and will not resume until the asbestos removal process is complete and the area is certified by the EPA. Holland stated that they are fortunate that the asbestos was contained within the ceilings, thus keeping students and staff safe from its toxic properties.

When asbestos fibers enter to the lungs through inhalation, people can develop mesothelioma or a rare but fatal cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Get more information about the dangers of asbestos and how a skilled lawyer may work to represent your mesothelioma case today by filling out the contact form at the top of this page.

Tacoma asbestos removal firm faked training, documents

A Tacoma-based asbestos removal company on pleaded guilty on May 2 of providing fake workers’ training and other fraudulent acts, an article by the Seattle Times reported on May 3.

According to state’s assistant attorney Joshua Choate, Emergency Management Training (EMT) has been conducting bogus training sessions and performing fraudulent activities since 2010. EMT was one of the firms accredited by the state to provide training to workers in proper handling and inspection of asbestos. EMT reportedly let workers watch a movie during classes instead of teaching them lessons on how to properly extract asbestos. They also created fake documents and accepted money in exchange for allowing workers to skip training and receive credit. Asbestos-removal jobs were bid on despite improperly trained workers.

People who are not properly trained in to deal with asbestos have a higher risk of suffering from deadly respiratory disease. By filling out the contact form on the top of this page today, you can get valuable information about asbestos, its health risk, and how you can be helped if you think you have been exposed to the hazardous mineral.

Asbestos removal contractor in Massachusetts fined for violations

An asbestos removal firm in Massachusetts was recently ordered to pay a fine worth $24,400 after the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP) ruled that they violated asbestos regulations, an article on 22News stated on April 7.

According to reports, contractor firm MJ Environmental improperly extracted asbestos in a building at Bartlett Street in Pittsfield in 2012. The Mass DEP has initially required the firm to pay at least $10,000, but will waive the remaining balance of the fine if MJ properly follows the state’s regulations for removing asbestos for the next two years.

Mass DEP stressed the accountability of asbestos removal firms in protecting the health of the public.

If not properly removed, asbestos may be accidentally inhaled by unsuspecting people, causing them serious, potentially fatal, health problems. To learn more about asbestos and how people exposed to the mineral can get help, please feel free to fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Wisconsin governor signs asbestos lawsuit bill

On March 27, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the controversial asbestos lawsuit bill that is opposed by Democrats and victims of asbestos, an article from the Star Tribune stated.

According to spokeswoman Laurel Patrick, the new law will prevent the legal counsel of asbestos victims from “double dipping.” Under the new bill that was signed by Gov. Walker before he went to Las Vegas, those filing asbestos lawsuits must identify the companies that they will sue.

Supporters of the bill claimed the amendments were necessary to protect the asbestos trust funds from multiple claims filed by victims. On the other hand, democrats and veterans have criticized the asbestos bill because it may prevent asbestos victims from getting the justice and compensation they deserve.

By filling out the contact form on the top of this page today, you can get information about the dangers of asbestos and potentially taking legal action.

Austin neighborhood raises concern over building containing asbestos

An asbestos-laden building that will be demolished at the corner of Fairway Street and Montopolis Drive has raised concerns that people in the area may be exposed to the harmful fibers, myfoxaustin.com reported on February 18.

Danny Perez, who was aware that the vacant building contained asbestos, expressed concern that the neighborhood was not properly warned by the City of Austin that the building will be torn down anytime soon. However, A & R Demolition is set to demolish the establishment with M and Jo Abatement assigned to remove the asbestos. A representative supervising the asbestos removal process said workers will wear dusk masks while working.

If inhaled, asbestos fibers can cause serious health problems that usually affect the respiratory system. To learn more about these harmful fibers and the effects they can have, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.    

Natural asbestos fibers found in Southern Nevada

A group of geologists from the University of Nevada have discovered natural asbestos fibers in the southern part of Nevada, an article from the Law Vegas-Review Journal stated on December 25. The possibly toxic minerals were found in the rocks and dusts in Boulder City going to Las Vegas Valley.

The discovery of the natural asbestos in the area was a breakthrough according to geology professor Brenda Buck. Professor Buck got asbestos fibers on her shoes and pants after riding her horse for several hours in Boulder City. Fellow geologist Rodney Metcalf, who does not want to down play the asbestos discovery issue, said that Boulder City is situated in a place where asbestos minerals developed million of years ago.

Being exposed to asbestos fibers can cause life-threatening respiratory illnesses, among other problems. To learn more about this dangerous substance and/or get support if you have been exposed to it, fill out the form on this page.

New York elementary school investigated for asbestos contamination

A follow-up investigation at David Elementary School on asbestos exposure was recently conducted by New York State investigators.

The investigation at Davis Elementary School was prompted in July of 2013 by Talk of the Sound, a local news source, and sparked the DOL and DEC to launch their own investigations.

Informants told the news source that John Gallagher, an Aramark consultant, and George Wood, a  plumbing contractor, were responsible for the improper removal and disposal of asbestos-laden floor tiles. Department of Labor spokeswoman, Jennifer Krinsky declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

Asbestos inhalation can cause fatal illnesses that result in expensive medical costs. An attorney can help you pursue compensation from negligent parties. Fill out the contact form at the top of this page to speak with a lawyer today.

 

 

White House recently rejects asbestos bill

On Tuesday, November 12, the White House rejected the Furthering Asbestos Claim Act (FACT), an asbestos bill that was highly supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

FACT aimed to set limits on asbestos trusts to file for bankruptcy. The White House rejected the bill because it would unfairly divulge the personal information of asbestos victims to the public.

The White House also said in a statement that the bill derived from the false claim that fraud is prevalent in the asbestos trust system.

Asbestos poses a huge threat to the health of people that have come into contact with it. If you have been exposed to asbestos, fill out the contact for at the top of this page to learn more about your legal options.

 

 

Hollywood actor dies of mesothelioma

Famous American actor, Ed Lauter died Wednesday, October 16 after suffering from malignant pleural mesothelioma. The 74-year-old actor achieved Hollywood notoriety from his roles in Charlie’s Angels, The Longest Yard, The Artist, and many other films.

From his diagnosis, doctors suspect that Lauter had been exposed to asbestos when he was much younger. Patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma typically have a 6-18 month life expectancy.

Mesothelioma is known for its latency period, a portion of time where the disease is undetectable. Due to this difficulty in diagnosis, many people who develop mesothelioma are beyond a treatable condition. If you, or someone you know, have been exposed to asbestos call 800-781-3955 to learn more about your options.

 

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