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Dozens of VA employees potentially exposed to asbestos in NY

An October 3 article of the Daily Messenger said approximately 38 employees at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Canandaigua, New York suspect they inhaled asbestos dust in their workplace.

According to reports, the Veterans Crisis Line expansion project was stopped by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in conjunction with the EPA due to concerns that asbestos mineral was negligently handled. The workers’ union later confirmed that the VA management had committed serious safety violations that put their employees at risk. The workers decided to file for their compensation benefits upon being informed of the VA negligence, the union confirmed. Though VA authorities in Canandaigua said none of their staffers were exposed to asbestos, they did say they are working with OSHA agents regarding the asbestos issue.

When asbestos particles enter the lungs, workers may suffer fatal respiratory illnesses such as mesothelioma. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos dust, getting help from a lawyer could be beneficial, especially if you believe negligent parties were involved. Get in touch with a representative today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

Citations issued to San Antonio employers for asbestos violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued citations to three renovation contractors in San Antonio for exposing their employees to asbestos in the workplace. According to reports, Roscoe Properties Inc. and FBZ Broadway LP were both cited by OSHA for violations of deliberate negligence in detecting the amount of asbestos in a workplace. OSHA also cited One Eighty Construction for insufficiently training their workers in proper asbestos removal techniques. Employees of all three commercial real estate renovation firms were believed to have been exposed to asbestos while working on an apartment complex.

OSHA director for the San Antonio area, Alejandro Porter, had harsh words for the contracting firms, saying “There is simply no excuse for continuing to expose workers to this danger.” Porter also said that employers are responsible for ensuring that their workers are protected from such hazards.

Sadly, an unfortunately high rate of construction and renovation workers are exposed to asbestos, and many contract mesothelioma as a result. If you are suffering from this devastating respiratory illness, contact our legal team today by filling out the information form so that we can get in touch with you to discuss your situation.

Asbestos may be present in day care centers

Because children undergo extended critical developmental periods, they are at a high risk of developing fatal mesothelioma cancer from exposure to asbestos. When new businesses, such as day care centers, take over old buildings with asbestos and fail to make the necessary renovations, people can unknowingly inhale the dangerous material or carry it home with them in the fabric of their clothes.

While the use of asbestos materials in buildings has been prohibited since the 1980’s, many old infrastructures have undergone minimal renovations that did not address the asbestos before being turned into modern businesses, such as day care centers. Even in buildings where asbestos has been removed from walls and floors, the material may linger in other areas, such as drain pipes. Children who attend these facilities on a regular basis are in danger of coming into direct of indirect contact with asbestos and suffering the consequences.

If you are interested in learning more about asbestos or mesothelioma, fill out the contact for at the top of this page. An attorney will reach out to discuss your situation and explore any possible legal options available to you.

Alabama survivors awarded $3.5M after death of mother

Alabama Judge Lynwood Smith recently decided that Shannon Jean Bobo Cox and Melissa Ann Bobo should be awarded $3.5 million after their mother, Barbara, died of mesothelioma cancer in 2013. Barbara, who regularly cleaned the clothes of her late husband, James, developed pleural mesothelioma in November of 2011.

Reports showed that James clothes contained asbestos dusts which accumulated in the course performing his duties as an employee of the Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear plant. In 1997, James succumbed to lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure. Court papers claimed that Barbara was also exposed to asbestos, even though she was not working at the nuclear plant.

This case serves to illustrate the incredibly devastating and far-reaching effects of asbestos exposure. Even inhaling residual dust can lead to severe medical complications. If you or a loved one has been exposed to this dangerous material and contracted mesothelioma as a result, our attorneys may be able to help you pursue a claim to compensation. To learn more, fill out the contact form at the top of this page.

Asbestos found at Washington high school, causes demolition delays

Asbestos was unexpectedly found during the demolition phase of a renovation at Wapato High School in Washington state, causing delays in the construction project at the school.

According to construction crews, the discovery has prompted an extension of the cleanup process at the school.  The remodeling project was supposed to be completed before the school year began, but it is now behind schedule.

Officials with the school have stated that the safety of students and teachers is not at risk, but managing the flow of students within the school is difficult. Fortunately, the  demolition phase that construction crews are currently working on is scheduled to be completed this week, and the next phase is supposed to begin shortly thereafter.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and would like to learn more about the possible dangers associated with it, please visit the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Help website today at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Kentucky park renovation halted after asbestos discovery

A renovation of the pavilion at Cherokee Park in Louisville, Kentucky, has uncovered asbestos in the structure’s roof shingles. This is expected to delay the project by several months.

Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion is an iconic area of the park, and nearly $45,000 was set aside to renovate the area. Unfortunately, the cost of the asbestos abatement adds up to an estimated $28,000 on top of the original amount.

Officials were obtaining bids on the project when the asbestos was found. Now, those campaigning for the renovation have to attempt to raise the additional funds.

If you or a loved one has asbestos in your home or office and would like to learn more about the dangers of asbestos exposure, contact us today or visit our site at http://www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org/.

Theater to undergo asbestos removal after grant awarded

The city of Steubenville, Ohio has recently received a grant of nearly $96,700 in order to have the asbestos removed from the Grand Theater that is located on Fourth Street.

The grant is given as a part of the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund and the Clean Ohio Council has approved nearly $19 million in grants at this time.

According to the Herald Star online, these grants will be involved in nearly 11 cleanup projects, which are estimated to create nearly 900 jobs for residents in the area. After the asbestos removal at the Grand Theater, it will be reopened as a movie theater and performing arts center.

The Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund is a competitive fund that provides up to $3 million in grants to help with environmental cleanup, improving infrastructure, acquiring new property and demolishing structures if needed.

Philadelphia fire house closes because of asbestos concern

The fire house that is home to Ladder 15 and Medic Unit 47 will be closed in order to fix repairs, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department.

The fire department stated that the closure is due to an investigation to a possible asbestos presence on the encasing of some of the older pipes. Asbestos is a toxic material that is known to cause lung cancer, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Asbestos is usually not a threat until it is disturbed. Once it becomes airborne, it can lodge into the lung and metastasize. All of the firefighters and medic members will be transferred to nearby firehouses while their home station is closed. Once all repairs are done, the firehouse will be reopened.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and you would like to learn more on the topic, contact us or visit our site today  at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org with any questions that you may have.

Asbestos removal to occur at the Northampton County library

Asbestos removal is set to begin at the Northampton County Courthouse after the county found asbestos at this location and 11 other areas throughout the county.

The Environmental Protection Agency was notified of the asbestos at the Northampton County Courthouse law library and the removal process began this week.

Officials have stated that workers will be removing asbestos and that this will take between four and six weeks because it will have to be removed from all of the material inside of the library.

This has been the second time that asbestos has been removed from this area of the courthouse, but allegedly courthouse officials do not know how the carcinogenic ended up back in the library. Other buildings in the county have already undergone asbestos removal and are reopening at this time.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and you would like to learn more about the dangers associated with the toxic material, contact us or visit our website today www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

St. Louis street closed after pipeline rupture released asbestos into the air

A street in downtown St. Louis will be closed all week after a pipe burst last week and the rupture blew a hole in the asphalt that released asbestos insulation fibers into the air.

One area of 11th Street has already opened and after test results on contamination levels are returned, Lucas Avenue will be reopened after that. Officials with the company who manages the pipe have stated that fixing it may take anywhere from a week to 10 days.

Cleaning the area has not been an easy process. Tests that were done on Monday still showed signs of asbestos contamination. The Easter holiday also slowed down the process as crews now work to clean streets, balconies, buildings, and roofs. It is still unknown at this time what caused the pipe to rupture.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and you would like to learn more about this known carcinogen, contact us or visit our website today at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

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