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Asbestos found in Alcoa manufacturing plant

Alcoa, an aluminum manufacturer headquartered in Pittsburgh, had asbestos show up in one of its manufacturing facilities. This discovery was made after a fire at the facility led to asbestos being found in the ceiling of the plant.

OSHA is investigating how the fire began and as to why asbestos happened to be present at the building. A representative of Alcoa admitted to the discovery of the asbestos and added that every safety precaution would be taken to make sure that no employees were injured.

Alcoa has every reason to be concerned. Asbestos exposure can lead to a number of deadly respiratory diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

There is no known cure for any of these particular ailments, and contracting such ailments can result in many years of suffering before the bedridden individual ends up dying. In certain cases, mesothelioma can take as many as 50 years after exposure for symptoms to actually show up.

Because asbestos can become particularly dangerous when it is disturbed, asbestos removal needs to be a highly regulated activity. Asbestos fibers are particularly dangerous when these become airborne.

It is because of the dangers of asbestos that so many attorneys have come forward to represent clients concerning asbestos related injuries. In all such circumstances, it's extremely important to retain an attorney that understands the dangers and the long term consequences of asbestos exposure.

The dangers of asbestos were not understood more than half of a century ago and that's why we find asbestos still present in many older buildings in metropolitan areas such as Pittsburgh. But since the dangers are now so well understood, every business needs to take every precaution to avoid exposing workers to such dangers.

Source:, "Asbestos Scare in Alcoa Plant Causes Concerns for Employee Safety," by Mark Hall, May 4, 2012

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