According to studies conducted by the EWG Action Fund, about 10,000 people die every year as a result of an asbestos-related illness. Many of the people who get sick and die from exposure to asbestos are victims of inadequate employment practices that left workers without protection from the toxic fiber.
Learning that you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos can be devastating. No matter what level of exposure a person has had, he or she could be at risk of developing an asbestos-related illness. Sadly, people will not be able to find this out for years, as illnesses like asbestosis and mesothelioma generally several years or decades to start showing symptoms.
There are many employers and property owners who will do whatever they can to cut their costs. They may work with substandard materials or fail to take appropriate action to improve working or living conditions to keep people safe. Often, these parties are making these decisions because of the short-term benefits they can get; however, the long-term consequences of these choices can be devastating.
Employees of a demolition company may be understandably concerned about their health after it was confirmed that they were put in serious danger on the job. Reports indicate that they were exposed to asbestos after their employer sent them to a jobsite without adequate protection or warnings about the toxic material.
When we go to see movies, many of us appreciate a good action film that has us on the edge of our seats. However, if we knew that the actors in movies or on TV were repeatedly put in danger of getting seriously injured or sick, we might not be so eager to buy a ticket.
In recent posts, we have discussed tenants of rental properties who have been affected by asbestos in their buildings. Sadly, these cases continue to come up because too many property owners continue to fall short when it comes to their responsibility to deal with asbestos safely.
Workers across North Carolina may be a little familiar with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. People may know that it is an agency involved in improving workplace safety by setting safety guidelines and issuing fines, but what people may not realize is that some employers do not take the threat of OSHA violations as seriously as they should.
Now that spring is here, home owners all across North Carolina may be doing some spring cleaning and planning home repair or construction projects. However, before people start sweeping, repairing, washing, tearing down or building up their property, they may want to remember that there can be a very real risk of asbestos exposure during these projects.
Losing a loved one to an asbestos-related illness can be devastating. Mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis can all be caused by exposure to asbestos and they can all be aggressive, painful illnesses that may not respond to treatment. Because of how difficult it can be to treat these conditions, victims can often pass away relatively quickly after diagnosis.
When people think about premises liability, they often think that it simply means clearing a slippery sidewalk, fixing a broken step or putting up a fence around a swimming pool. These can all pose a threat to a person's safety and they should be addressed by a property owner in order to make it safe for others. However, not all unsafe conditions are this obvious. In fact, there can be hazards lurking inside a building that tenants and visitors are exposed to every single day without even realizing it.