What is most dangerous: mold, lead or asbestos? The answer to that question is debatable; yet, most Minnesota readers would likely agree that all three substances pose serious health risks to those who come in contact with them. Asbestos exposure, in particular, has been associated with several non-curable diseases that often develop slowly and without immediately apparent symptoms.
In another state, a major renovation project is set to begin in an old theater. The building happens to contain all three potentially dangerous substances mentioned earlier in this post. The entire sidewalk and nearby parking areas surrounding the building are going to be closed during renovation. The project is not slated to be complete until the end of January 2018.
The federal government has allocated $800,000 toward the hazardous materials removal and renovation project. It’s safe to assume that many workers assigned construction or renovation jobs on sites that contain lead, mold or asbestos may be worried about any possible negative health ramifications. Employers are obligated to provide information, proper training and any necessary safety equipment to help workers stay as safe as possible on the job.
Any Minnesota worker who knows an upcoming project will involve asbestos exposure can seek legal guidance ahead of time in case a health-related problems arises down the line. An adverse health condition caused by someone’s negligence is often grounds for filing a personal injury claim in court. It is typically helpful to seek clarification of state and federal laws governing such matters before pursuing justice in a particular situation.
Source: auburnpub.com, “Asbestos removal to start at Auburn Schine Theater“, David Wilcox, Nov. 4, 2017