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Lawsuit claims Paterson schools negligently handled asbestos

A former Environmental Occupational Health and Safety Officer in Paterson has filed a lawsuit against her former employer due to concerns that asbestos was wrongfully handled in schools with nearly 30,000 students and staffs, an article of nj.com reported on December 7.

Brenda Zemo was relieved from her post after filing a complaint against her employer. In her lawsuit, Zemo claimed her superior, Executive Director Steve Morlino, was negligent and did not enlist qualified personnel when removing asbestos in school facilities. Zemo’s lawsuit then claimed that Morlino’s negligence resulted in several environmental violations, such as hiring unlicensed individuals to remove asbestos-laden debris.

Many families are left struggling when companies become negligent in handling asbestos removal in construction or renovation projects. Asbestos has been known to cause mesothelioma cancer. If you have been exposed to asbestos, find out what to do by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

Canadian government urging total asbestos ban

Government officials in Canada recently announced they will take action to prevent asbestos from entering the country because the mineral has been linked to fatalities in the workplace, a report of CBC News stated on December 7.

Reports revealed that since 2011 Canada no longer exported asbestos and shut down asbestos mining the following year. However, the country went from importing $4.7 million worth of asbestos in 2011 to importing $8.2 million worth of asbestos four years later. Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff reported the government is now fully aware of asbestos hazards, so they are acting to totally eradicate asbestos.

Asbestos is known to be a popular mineral due to its fire retardant properties and durability. However, it can cause fatal mesothelioma cancer if its fibers go airborne and enter the lungs. If you want to learn more about the dangers of asbestos, speak with an attorney by filling out the contact form on this page today.

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.

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