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Improper disposal of asbestos presents serious health risk

The dangers of asbestos exposure are well known, and everyone should have some awareness that asbestos should not be used, disturbed or handled without a number of safety precautions in place.

But the threat to people's safety doesn't end just because someone throws the asbestos away; it can continue to put people in danger if it is not properly disposed of. This point was illustrated recently when reports were made regarding improper asbestos disposal after bags of contaminated waste were found in a shed at a demolition site. 

According to reports, the bags found contained materials removed from the house, and they contained 0.25 percent chrysotile asbestos, which is not enough to be regulated. Though, that doesn't mean it is safe.

It is not known who removed the asbestos or who stashed the bags in the shed, but an investigation is underway to identify the party responsible for the improper abatement.

There are strict rules in place for how to abate and dispose of asbestos. These rules dictate how the material must be contained and labeled, and where to bring the waste for safe disposal. People should not just toss asbestos in a bag with garbage and non-hazardous debris.

Unfortunately, people don't always follow the rules, especially when they can save some money by cutting corners.

Sadly, it is possible that this improper disposal could have compromised the health of others. Depending on where it came from and who actually removed it, the asbestos could have been breathed in or ingested by tenants, homeowners, contractors, construction workers, neighbors of the property and whoever transferred the waste to the shed.

This situation happened in Michigan, but it can and has happened on job sites and disposal sites across the country, including here in Minnesota. If you have concerns about asbestos that someone has improperly removed or thrown away, it is crucial that you file a report. If there is any chance that you may have been exposed, you may also want to consult an attorney who can help you seek compensation for damages.

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