Asbestos exposure can have devastating consequences for victims and their families. Only a few hours east of the Rowan area, East Carolina University recently posted an asbestos abatement notice for staff and students in one of its campus buildings. Asbestos was discovered in hallways in the building. During fall break, a contractor accredited by the state, and overseen by ECU facilities services and environmental health and safety staff, removed the asbestos. More than 1,000 square feet of asbestos was removed. According to reports, the contractor ensured that the asbestos remained enclosed during the removal process, as it is less of a risk to health and safety when it remains intact and undisturbed.
A representative from ECU’s health and safety department noted that asbestos was widely used and remains in ceilings, floor tile and pipe installation throughout campus buildings; he also noted it is addressed as renovations are performed. Staff members received asbestos training over the fall break during the same period of time the asbestos was being removed. Because of its pervasive use, asbestos can be a lingering problem and a health concern many may be unaware of which can also be fatal.
Asbestos exposure can lead to serious medical conditions such asbestosis, lung diseases, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos-related diseases may oftentimes be fatal and can result in significant harm, loss and damages for victims and their families. Because of this, both personal injury and wrongful death claims for damages can be brought by victims of asbestos exposure against asbestos companies, product manufacturers and employers.
Additional options, such as workers’ compensation benefits, may also be available to victims harmed by asbestos exposure and their families. Asbestos-related deaths can be particularly devastating because diseases may not become evident for years following exposure which is why the legal process seeks to provide both resources and protections for victims and their families.
Source: The East Carolinian, “Asbestos Hits Campus,” Amanda Adkins, Oct. 16, 2014