The Canadian government has made an important concession recently that will likely have a worldwide impact. Until 2003, Canada was responsible for the production of about one-third of all the asbestos in the world. Because of this position, the Canadian government previously opposed the move to officially add asbestos to an international list of hazardous materials.
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.
Great Wall Motor and Chery Automobile, two major car companies in China, recently announced that they had to recall at least 23,000 trucks and cars because it was discovered that there wasbestos present in the vehicles' exhaust gaskets and engines. The recall, for now, is limited to vehicles shipped to Australia, with no indication whether any such contaminated products were sold in North Carolina or elsewhere in the United States. The company's recall order may have been motivated by a well-founded fear of the possibility of product liability claims from exposure to the toxic substance, which can cause respiratory problems and various forms of cancer.
Buying property contaminated with asbestos can be an extremely dangerous and costly experience for residents of North Carolina and elsewhere. In one recent instance, property purchasers filed a lawsuit claiming that they were tricked and defrauded by the prior owners into buying property laced with the toxic substance, failing to disclose its known presence.
It may surprise many people to learn that almost one-third of all reported cases of mesothelioma involve veterans of the military. Primarily, those in the U.S. Navy who served aboard ships and in shipyards were most affected. This is because asbestos, the fiber that has been linked to causing mesothelioma, was heavily utilized in the shipping industry.
People can suffer from a number of devastating and fatal diseases after being exposed to asbestos. Besides mesothelioma, which is a cancer of the linings of the lungs, people can also suffer from asbestosis, lung cancers and pleural plaque. Many of these diseases are very aggressive. In the event that a person dies from an asbestos-related disease, families may be able to file a wrongful death against the party responsible for exposure.
Lead and asbestos hazards are commonly found in historic buildings in North Carolina and throughout the United States. Yet another historic building was closed after an assessment of mold, asbestos and lead detected hazardous levels. The Lexington, Kentucky, courthouse was built in 1898 and is located in the heart of the city. The building, which was the Fayette County court for nearly a century, houses the Lexington Public Safety Museum, the Lexington History Museum and the Kentucky Renaissance Pharmacy Museum.
When a company chooses profits over safety, the public is ultimately the tragic victim. Unsafe or dangerous products that put people at risk of developing a deadly disease should be pulled from the market immediately. However, in a strange and dangerous move, the Quebec government has decided to allow one town to continue shipping asbestos.
States in the U.S., including Virginia, are lacking the awareness of asbestos and the relation to mesothelioma. According to a UK survey taken by the British Lung Foundation, roughly 67 percent of 2,000 residents admitted they would not know asbestos if they saw it, while only about 22 percent said they had known asbestos was banned by law.
Asbestos-related illnesses are not isolated to jobs in the United States. Worldwide, the toxic substance is causing cancer and lung diseases. We have previously discussed that workers in certain dustries are much more likely to develop these diseases, but a recent study into workplace asbestos exposure gives more insight into this troubling trend.