Category Archives: Asbestos Exposure

When School’s Out, Asbestos Removal Increases

As we discussed in a blog post last year, asbestos exposure still remains a hazard at many school district campuses across the country.  Many campuses feature asbestos-containing molding, tiling and insulation despite decades of regulations in place for removal. To read a detailed report about asbestos in schools, you can click the source link below, which will redirect you to an Environmental Working Group website. Sadly, although laws like the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, or AHERA, exist to regulate asbestos in public spaces like schools, agencies like the EPA are hamstrung to enforce laws due to budgeting and loopholes, allowing state agencies to apply for waivers when it comes to asbestos abatement. This can lead to contractors or school maintenance workers unknowingly being exposed to asbestos during abatement work. If you are working on demolition or cleanup projects for a school district this summer, it may be in your…
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Man Fights Mesothelioma for 20 Years with a Positive Spirit

We recently stumbled onto an inspiring article on Inquisitr.com detailing a man who was “celebrating” his 20 years of living with mesothelioma.  For most Americans with mesothelioma, the life expectancy after diagnosis is between 12 months and 2 years. Most victims are unaware that they have the fatal form of cancer, as symptoms can take decades to show up. However, Australian Paul Kraus has been living with malignant mesothelioma for two decades. According to Insquisitr, Kraus’ previous history may have helped prepare him for bouts of anxiety and pain that he has dealt with since his diagnosis. Kraus was born in a Nazi forced labor camp and survived a trek through Austria earlier in his life before moving to Australia on a refugee ship. “When I was diagnosed, there was no conventional treatment considered curative…I was told to get my affairs in order,” said Paul, according to the website. Paul,…
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Maintenance Workers Continue to Face Asbestos Exposure

According to a government report that we blogged about earlier this month, maintenance workers have a greater risk of contracting mesothelioma from older asbestos containing products than employees in other professions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that, “current exposures to commercial asbestos in the United States occur predominantly during maintenance operations and remediation of older buildings containing asbestos.” These jobs include activities where workers are around products used as insulators in buildings and roofing products, wallboards, paint and concrete. The CDC report indicates that number of deaths nationally from malignant mesothelioma increased from 2,479 in 1999 to 2,597 in 2015. Of 23 states studied, more than 96 percent of mesothelioma-linked deaths were among workers in industrial occupations such as insulation, pipefitting, steam fitting and plumbing. To view the CDC report, you can click here. Asbestos Exposure Should Be Taken Seriously Asbestos exposure is taken seriously…
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