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 best interest to speak to your supervisor if you have concerns about exposure.
Asbestos Exposure is Incredibly Dangerous
Employers should take asbestos exposure seriously because it has been linked to mesothelioma, colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer and kidney cancer. All of these illnesses can shorten the life of victims significantly.
Asbestos fibers can still be found in older schools across the country, in items such as flooring, spackling compounds, and tape joint compounds. There are methods approved to handle and remove asbestos products from worksites—if an employer, including a school district or contractor, fails to adhere to rules in handling, it can face stiff consequences including lawsuits.
Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with cancer and you believe it was the result of asbestos exposure. We can investigate your employment history and possibly obtain compensation for you that can help pay for treatment.
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