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February 2013 Archives

Company owner improperly removed asbestos for over a decade

Providing workers and residents with a safe environment is a duty that all property owners must take seriously. People should be able to expect that they will be given proper warnings if unsafe conditions exist and will be appropriately protected if there are hazardous conditions in place. This is certainly true when it comes to people work or live in a building that contains asbestos. In most cases, property owners or employers will make the responsible decision to have the toxic substance removed safety and by a certified abatement company.

Appeals court sides with defendants in asbestos case

Those in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. are likely aware of the reality that workers who were exposed to asbestos, especially decades ago when protective gear was not deemed necessary, are being diagnosed and dying from mesothelioma in significant numbers. One woman went to court recently after her husband contracted the serious illness and sought damages in charges involving product liability.

Asbestos in the military: Veterans should know about exposure

People generally understand the dangers that members of the military face during their service. They are recognized for their bravery, courage and strength. However, the unfortunate truth is that too often, one of the risks of serving in the military is dismissed because it may not be well understood by many people. Huge numbers of military veterans have been exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos during their service to the country, and many of them will develop a fatal asbestos-related illness at some point.

Wife dies after 20 years of washing husband's work clothes

In recent years there has been a multitude of lawsuits regarding asbestos exposure and mesothelioma in the U.S. Many of the cases of mesothelioma were recently diagnosed and attributed to years of asbestos exposure, typically in the workplace and commonly in past decades when the risks of working around asbestos weren't as well understood as they are today. North Carolina workers as well as workers throughout the U.S. should be aware of the seriousness of the asbestos-related illness.

School takes action to protect students, faculty from asbestos

We often hear stories about companies and property owners who are negligent when it comes to removing dangerous asbestos materials from a certain location. Many of them try to get away with cutting corners by trying to ignore the hazards associated with asbestos, or they hire unqualified workers to remove the asbestos-containing products. Too often, this negligence results in exposing unsuspecting people to a potentially fatal toxin. While they know they may face legal action down the road, including a premises liability lawsuit, they end up deciding to take the easy way out.

Railroad workers sue for workplace lung disease

Mesothelioma is one of the most deadly work-related diseases. The condition, which plagues people across North Carolina, is a cancer that is known to be caused by asbestos. Mesothelioma affects the lungs and respiratory tract, and it causes shortness of breath, chest pain and sometimes unexplained weight loss. The condition can take 10 years or longer to diagnose because of its slow rate of development.

North Carolina's ash basins could pose health risks after closing

According to a recent report, Riverbend Steam Station in North Carolina is set to close soon. It was one of the first large-scale power plants in the area and is run by Duke Energy. In the process of closing these coal-fired plants, coal ash basins are left behind. These basins contain water and coal ash, which could harm residents in the area.

Court: Boeing had no 'actual knowledge' of asbestos hazards

There is no longer any doubt that asbestos is a dangerous fiber and has been directly linked to causing cancer. However, for decades, companies were able to get away with claiming ignorance about the toxicity of asbestos and ended up putting many workers in danger. Now 10, 20 or even 50 years later, victims of exposure to asbestos are beginning to show symptoms of mesothelioma, asbestosis and other illnesses caused by inhalation of asbestos.

Asbestos suit names 134 defendants

Exposure to asbestos is a serious issue concerning workers around the world. While a select few may be exposed to the substance and the harmful ingredients that it contains only for a short time, most workers who suffer from mesothelioma and asbestosis come in contact with it for long hours on hundreds of different job sites over several years.

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