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.
In a ruling that could benefit North Carolina residents, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the Travelers Insurance Company was bound by the terms of a written settlement agreement that required it to pay claims for asbestos-related diseases and asbestos-related deaths made against Johns-Manville Corp. The ruling also required Travelers to pay $75 million in terest to the claimants.
In Rowan, asbestos can be discovered at any time in numerous places. Often it is found without warning or the knowledge of the owners of the residence, business or property. Other times, the caretakers of the location were aware of the asbestos being present. Asbestos exposure has been linked to numerous fatal diseases and almost invariably results in asbestos-related death.