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Dept. of Energy restricts using heavy equipment when removing asbestos

The Department of Energy has stated that safeguards have been put into place in order to prevent asbestos from being inhaled in the lungs by workers in the removal process.

An agreement was recently signed after the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency stated that the removal process at a Hanford building and elsewhere may be threatening the health and safety of the workers involved.

Workers used to removed asbestos by hand before heavy equipment, such as an excavator began to be used. The asbestos was mainly in the panels and bolted into the walls.

It is now thought that a mechanical demolition may cause the siding to crumble, thus making the asbestos particles very fine. Once they are fine and disturbed, they can be breathed into the lung. If asbestos is breathed into the lung, it may cause serious lung conditions such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

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