People who are familiar with asbestos likely know that they should not handle it without proper protection, from adequate clothing to a strong understanding of asbestos handling laws and procedures. But protecting yourself from asbestos isn't just about how you should or should not handle it directly. You also need to know how to get rid of materials contaminated with asbestos.
Many asbestos-related illnesses are suffered by people who spent years working in environments where they were exposed to the fibers on a regular basis. They worked on railroads, in mines or performing construction or demolition on buildings made with materials containing asbestos.
Illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos can be devastating for victims and their families. Many asbestos-related illnesses are aggressive, growing rapidly and quickly diminishing a person's physical condition. While it can certainly be a lot to take in if you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, you too need to act quickly when it comes to understanding your rights to pursue legal action.
Every property owner should be aware that asbestos in building materials has the potential to do serious damage to a person's health if it is disturbed and released into the air. Once asbestos is airborne, the fibers can remain there for days making it very easy for people to unknowingly breathe m in or carry them offsite on their clothing.
As the summer winds down to a close, kids all across North Carolina and their parents are turning their attentions back to school and thinking about homework, new class schedules and having much less free time.
On a day-to-day basis, the risk of coming into contact with asbestos may not even register on a person's radar. Realistically speaking, many people will never have to worry about asbestos or the devastating consequences of toxic exposure. However, there are plenty of people who do worry about asbestos because of where they live or work.
We are officially in the time of year when North Carolina residents must be prepared for serious weather conditions; particularly residents who live close to the coast. Between now and the end of the year, the risk of hurricanes and other severe storms is a very real concern and it is essential that people are prepared.
Like it or not, money and cost drive many of our decisions on a regular basis. Sometimes this can be good and economical; other times this can lead to some compromises that have negative consequences.
Property owners across North Carolina should understand that they have an obligation to maintain safe and hazard-free premises. This includes addressing and removing asbestos if it poses a threat to people on the property.
If you live or work in a building that was built before the 1980s, chances are pretty good that it was built with products containing asbestos. The fiber is often found in roofs, tiling, insulation or plumbing systems in older structures because it was an inexpensive, strong material used for its fireproofing qualities.