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Pennsylvania school to be demolished due to asbestos

An old school building in western Pennsylvania will likely soon be demolished due to asbestos contamination and possible asbestos exposure. A newspaper described the school as a danger to anyone that steps inside of it as the school was built at a time when asbestos was widely used in building materials. As such building materials such as tiles, roofs, ceilings and walls begin to deteriorate, the chances of asbestos becoming airborne greatly increase.

Unfortunately, removal costs for asbestos are understandably high. The contractors that remove such asbestos are required to be trained and licensed in asbestos abatement. This limits the number of contractors that can actually bid regarding the removal of the asbestos and demolition of the building itself.

Considering the dangers and long term health consequences that can result from exposure to asbestos and asbestos like materials, citizens of any community have the right to be concerned about the presence of asbestos. Such exposure can lead to asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma. What's worse, the adverse health effects from such exposure may not occur for years or even decades. By that time, it may be difficult to figure out those responsible for other individuals being exposed to the asbestos. Those responsible for the asbestos exposure may also be judgment proof at that point or shielded from liability.

Asbestos exposure is a hidden danger that needs to be taken seriously by manufacturers because of the dangers that such materials present. Sadly, safety cautions and procedures are not always enough to prevent exposure from occurring. In certain cases it may take the threat of litigation for manufacturers to take the asbestos health care risks seriously.

Source: Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center, "High School Laden with Asbestos Hazards," Jan. 10, 2012

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