Premises liability issues are often associated with asbestos, which can have serious implications for businesses and residents of North Carolina. A new ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency, regarding asbestos exposure and proper cleanup protocols in one town in Montana, could set a benchmark for cleanup efforts in other communities across the nation.
North Carolina colleges need to ensure that their buildings are safe for students and staff alike. Asbestos in buildings is a serious safety hazard that can lead to a premises liability lawsuit. Asbestos can cause life-threatening health problems, including respiratory conditions and some types of cancers, for those people who are exposed to the toxic substance.
Unlicensed asbestos-removal companies across the country may want to pay attention to the sentence recently imposed on a man who was convicted of exposing people to asbestos. The 59-year old man owned and operated a company that performed illegal and dangerous asbestos removal and disposal projects.
One town in Montana has had a long-standing reputation for being an asbestos haven. The town was once the site of a vermiculite plant that released lethal doses of asbestos in the air for years. At least 400 people in the town died as a result of the exposure to the airborne asbestos produced by the factory. Years later, though, residents are happy to see the results of a 12-year cleanup project on the site.
Workers who were employed as independent contractors or subcontractors, or those who lived or worked near a factory, may be able to file a lawsuit against a third party for exposure to asbestos. In many states in the United States, employees cannot sue an employer for mesothelioma or other job-related illnesses. However, it could be a good idea to file a premises liability lawsuit against property owners when a person is exposed to asbestos.
We previously noted that cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are expected to peak in the next eight years. This is because up until the 1980s, people were regularly exposed to asbestos and it can take about 40 years for symptoms to develop. Since the 1980s, however, states have started to hold companies responsible for using or manufacturing asbestos products or for the careless removal asbestos.
We have discussed the dangers of what can happen when asbestos is disturbed. The fiber can be inhaled and cause serious damage to a person lungs and overall health. But what if a person doesn't know what asbestos looks like? Additionally, what should a person do if he or she thinks there is asbestos in their home?
After a long, drawn-out battle to make repairs to a dangerous tunnel system underneath the legislative branch on Capitol Hill, a conclusion has finally been reached. The entire process took 13 years to complete and cost a reported $173 million to repair dangerous conditions related to asbestos. While it is a good thing that the work has finally been completed, workers who were exposed to the asbestos have found little relief in the recent announcement.
Removing asbestos and materials that contain asbestos needs to be done by certified removal experts. Proper government associations must also be notified of the dangerous material so that it can be removed and stored properly and safely. Many people do not believe the processes or precautions are seriously monitored. Instead, they put other people in danger by allowing them to handle asbestos without warning them about the dangers.
Spring is a time when people spend hours outside every day. From gardening to playing with the kids, people enjoy being out in the fresh air. With the change in season, however, come storms in North Carolina. Some experts are saying that strong winds and damaging rain can spread dangerous building materials for miles, putting people at risk for personal injury. Specifically, they say that residents cleaning up debris after a storm should be wary of asbestos exposure.