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Pittsburgh police academy rife with hazardous conditions

We all know the dangers of hazardous materials like asbestos. Asbestos has been linked cancer and other serious, life-altering conditions. Unfortunately, some building owners still fail to ensure that their premises are free of these materials. In fact, recent reports say that training Pittsburgh police officers may be at risk in their own academy.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Police Training Academy is rife with issues that could harm those who work and train there. Recently, inspectors found that carbon dioxide levels were too high in the building. Poor ventilation, lead, mold, sewer problems and asbestos have also been discovered in past investigations. The city's Public Works Bureau, however, doesn't seem too concerned.

The department's director said the carbon dioxide problem would not harm those who spent time in the building and suggested they simply open windows to relieve any possible threat. In regards to the asbestos, he again downplayed the situation, saying that only airborne asbestos posed a problem. Apparently the asbestos found in the academy's building is not airborne.

Despite the Public Works Bureau's lack of concern, multiple police officials spoke of the hazardous conditions. One said it hurts recruiting efforts for the city's police department - officers don't want to spend time in a run-down facility. Another commander said she has spoken up to the state Department of Labor and Industry about unacceptable condition of the building.

Exposure to mold, asbestos and some of the other conditions that exist in the Pittsburgh Police Training Academy can have detrimental effects on a person's health. If a person acquires a disease or other condition that could be related to these types of conditions, he or she may want to speak with a premises liability attorney. In the meantime, hopefully the city of Pittsburgh takes these problems seriously and does what it can to protect police trainees and employees.

Source: Mesothelioma.com, "Asbestos and Ventilation Problems Persist and Police Academy," Pat Guth, March 19, 2013

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