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Library in Chattanooga considered safe despite asbestos presence

A library official in Chattanooga recently confirmed that the public library, despite the asbestos presence, will not pose any imminent danger to people while undergoing renovations, an article of Times Free Press reported on August 25.

Director Corrine Hill issued a statement on August 24 after she was notified by a television network of the Chattanooga History Center website post that the ceilings of the public library contain asbestos. Hill reportedly believed that the building contained asbestos as it was built during the time asbestos use was not regulated; she explained that the library will be temporarily closed to the public while asbestos is safely extracted. The public library will undergo renovations to upgrade its lighting system and it is expected to be completed in September next year, Hill also said. The History Center did not issue a statement and that they have already remove the post that according to Hill was inaccurate.

Asbestos, unfortunately, can cause serious respiratory cancer like mesothelioma when its dust gets into the air and accidentally inhaled by humans. Cases like these are often caused by negligent parties as there are proper ways of dealing with asbestos-laden materials. Learn more about asbestos hazards from a skilled attorney today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

Trash bags filled with asbestos illegally left near children’s park

A community in Lancaster Way in the U.K. faced a potential threat after someone illegally dumped trash bags containing cancer-causing asbestos particles near a children’s park. Authorities began investigating the mess after a concerned citizen took photos of the area and posted them on Facebook, an August 22 article of Birmingham Mail reported.

Reports said 30-year-old Aaron Bradley was heading to work when he noticed the rubble and trash bags illegally scattered on the roadside. Bradley, who suspected the bags may contain asbestos, reportedly took pictures of the area and uploaded them on Facebook to warn residents. Bradley’s post alerted the Solihull Council, prompting them to deploy crews to investigate the area. In one of the photos posted, the clear trash bags together with other rubble were seen a few meters away from a residential area. In a second photo, white particles were seen from a punctured trash bag.

According to Bradley, a child exposed to asbestos may be diagnosed with lung cancer after 15 years due to someone else’s negligence. In the U.S. alone, many people are diagnosed with mesothelioma after coming into contact with asbestos dust. If you want to know more about asbestos hazards and how a legal counsel may be able to work for you, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Illinois company investigated for asbestos charges

Federal authorities are investigating an Albers-based construction company due to a suspicion that their business practices constituted “criminal activity,” an August 14 article of fox2now.com reported.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, federal prosecutors are investigating Kehrer Brothers Construction and Joseph Kehrer. The construction firm was accused of importing workers from Mexico to extract asbestos-laden materials from an old school in Okawville. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered the company to pay a $1.8 million fine last year after discovering that their workers did not wear protective equipment while handling asbestos. Legal counsel for Kehrer confirmed that the company is being investigated, but the firm denies criminal activity.

Workers are likely to suffer from a rare cancer called mesothelioma when asbestos particles permeate their lungs. Though the illness has no definite cure, there are various medications available for workers who are afflicted with mesothelioma. If you want to learn more about the health hazards of asbestos and how an attorney may help you receive compensation, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

Indiana postal service potentially exposed employees to asbestos

At least four citations were given to a U.S. Postal Service office in West Baden Springs due to allegations that an employee was exposed to hazardous asbestos dust at work, an August 8 article of Indiana Public Media reported.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing a $49,720 fine to the postal service office to compensate for four alleged violations. The agency is charged with failure to clean asbestos-laden debris, failure to properly identify materials with asbestos, failure to train workers to become aware of asbestos hazards, and improper cleaning of asbestos-laden debris. OSHA said in June that a postal service office worker was exposed to tiles containing “15 percent chrysotile asbestos.”

Workers who have accidentally inhaled asbestos dust in the workplace are at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer, which affects the lungs. Though this rare cancer is fatal in nature, there are medications available that can prolong the lives of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you want to learn more about asbestos hazards, feel free to fill out the contact form on this page.

Century-old shipyard in Wisconsin alleged of exposing workers to asbestos and lead

A shipyard in Superior, Wisconsin was alleged of committing 29 violations that resulted in their workers being exposed to asbestos minerals and lead toxins, an article of Star Tribune reported on August 1.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing to impose a $1.4 million worth of fine to Fraser Shipyards after 14 of their workers recently tested positive for high levels of lead. Fraser reportedly was alleged of deliberately putting their workers at risk of lead exposure in a retrofitting job last winter by not providing them sufficient training. The citations also revealed that Fraser also exposed their workers to asbestos minerals in the year 2000. The company’s president identified as James Farkas stated that OSHA’s allegations were untrue as they have acted immediately in addressing workplace issues.

When employers become negligent in their duty to promote safety in the workplace, their workers are at high risk of developing mesothelioma cancer in a workplace with asbestos. As there is no concrete cure for mesothelioma, working with a lawyer could be beneficial for victims to possibly get the financial assistance needed for treatments. Fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to learn more about your options.

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