According to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, asbestos are
responsible for killing 15,000 people in the United States every year.
The deadly carcinogen, which is known to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma,
forms naturally as a bundle of fibers that are resistant to heat and chemicals.
Because of its inherent qualities, asbestos have been used as insulation
material for hundreds of years. While the use of asbestos is not nearly
as common today as it was in years past, individuals still may be at risk
for inhaling asbestos. In our
September newsletter, our Greenville personal injury attorneys explain how to best prevent
asbestos exposure and inhalation at work, at home, and at schools.
Although your employer should be in compliance with all Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OHSA) regulations, you can take extra precautions
report any potentially dangerous working conditions to your supervisor.
Be sure to ask your employer about any existing asbestos-related health
risks in your office and avoid bringing home clothing that may contain
Homeowners renovating or remodeling their homes are especially at risk
of disturbing and inhaling asbestos particles. If you have plans to undergo
any home improvements, there are a number of things you can do to protect
your family. Stay clear of doing any do-it-yourself projects if you have
an older home – you may be unknowingly disturbing existing asbestos.
Furthermore, under no circumstances should you ever attempt to remove
asbestos without the help of a professional specialist.
About half of all schools in the nations were built in the years spanning
from 1950 – 1969, which is when asbestos were in its peak as common
construction materials. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates
that all schools undergo asbestos inspection in addition to implementing
a management plan. Damaged drywall and plaster, deteriorating tiles, chipped
paint, and old heating/AC systems are likely asbestos-containing materials.
To learn more about asbestos protection,
read our September newsletter.
At Christian & Davis LLC, our Greenville personal injury attorneys
can help you assess the details of your case and will work tirelessly
to secure the compensation you deserve. To get started, call (864) 408-8890 to
schedule a confidential and free case evaluation today.