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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Deadly Asbestos Exposure Threat Left by Hurricane Sandy

Deadly Asbestos Construction Products
(c) 2012 Jon L. Gelman
The path of destruction to buildings caused by hurricane Sandy has created a potential threat of deadly asbestos exposure. Many structures destroyed and damaged by the storm contained asbestos fiber and those were disturbed and scattered by Hurricane Sandy during and after the storm.

Many first responders, demolition teams, construction workers, and bystandards may potentially be exposed to asbestos fiber following the storm. Adequate precautions must be taken to avoid a deadly exposure.

Asbestos exposure results in many respiratory ailments including asbestosis and lung cancer. It is also associated with mesothelioma, a rare and fatal disease. The use of asbestos is not yet banned in the US.
Asbestos was used in many construction products and still remains. Construction workers and bystanders who were exposed to the fiber during the building of many structures and suffered asbestos related illness decades later because of the latency of the disease process. Hurricane Sandy disturbed the asbestos fiber and disbursed it in a hazardous form.

"As a cancer-causing agent, there is no safe level of exposure," said Dr. Arthur Frank, chairman of the department of environmental and occupational health at Drexel University School of Public Health. "People putting asbestos into buildings died by droves. Putting the stuff in is not very different than taking it out. This is a significant risk."

 Click here to read, "Asbestos May Pose Health Hazards in Hurricane Sandy's Wake."
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Jon L.Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson). For over 3 decades the Law Offices of Jon L. Gelman 1.973.696.7900 jon@gelmans.com have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.


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