Although asbestos has been banned as a component to be put into newly manufactured products, it is still prevalent and very dangerous. It is true that laws passed in the 1980s to protect construction workers and other members of the public from asbestos exposure have greatly reduced the risk and incidence of cancer related to accidental exposure to asbestos. There is still asbestos in many products previously manufactured that can result in exposure. Asbestos-containing material may be found in older pipe insulation, cement, or building siding, for example. Asbestos that is contained within these materials, without becoming disturbed to become airborne, does not present a high risk of exposure; however, if the materials are agitated (i.e., demolition) then the asbestos may become airborne and create the risk. The danger lies in the inhalation of asbestos dust, but asbestos dust could be in places other than sites where old buildings are currently being demolished. If you are concerned about exposure to asbestos dust from asbestos-containing material in soil, contact a Louisiana mesothelioma lawyer.
Asbestos Removal at Construction Sites: No News is Not Necessarily Good News
The people at the highest risk for occupational exposure to asbestos dust are the ones who renovate or demolish structures that include asbestos, but there are plenty of precautions in place to limit asbestos exposure in those situations. Another danger comes when asbestos is present in the soil that remains from old demolitions. For example, if a developer demolishes a building containing asbestos that is built on filled land in order to make room for new construction, workers could be exposed to asbestos dust in the soil underneath because the fill could contain the rubble from old demolitions.
In fact, if the old demolition involved burning, the asbestos concentration might be even higher; asbestos is fire resistant, so the other components of the old structure could have burned away, leaving behind a higher percentage of asbestos in the fill. Even worse, workers at the site are not the only ones at risk of asbestos exposure. High winds, such as during hurricanes, could transport asbestos dust from the filled land to the nearby area, thereby exposing people who did not even set foot on the construction site.
The scariest part is that real estate developers often gloss over parts of the asbestos testing and removal process for soil and fill. Proper testing and cleanup are costly and time-consuming, so many projects do as little testing and cleanup as they can legally get away with. If you are worried about asbestos-containing material in soil in your area, you should ask questions.
Contact Patrick Yancey About Asbestos Exposure Cases
If you think you have been exposed to asbestos dust, you should contact a mesothelioma lawyer, even if you are healthy and have not been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana to see if you have grounds for a lawsuit.