This blog has recently reported on several schools and universities in several states encountering problems related to asbestos. In each situation, parents and faculty have been greatly concerned that school officials did not act quickly enough to inform them of potential health risks associated with possible asbestos exposure. The topic has once again surfaced in a Montessori school in another state. Minnesota parents of school age children may want to closely follow these cases and also learn more about where to seek support if a similar problem occurs in their hometowns.
The microscopic asbestos fibers that are found in many building materials can be highly dangerous to human health. In fact, scientists say there is no known safe amount of asbestos exposure. This may be why many people who attend school and work at a university in the Midwest are worried about their own health and that of their loved ones. Minnesota residents who work or go to school in old buildings may want to follow this case.
A group of elementary students in another state may find themselves getting unexpected time off school. Up to 100 parents may be joining a mother who has spearheaded a protest against the school regarding possible asbestos exposure to anyone in the building. The woman's son suffers multiple adverse health conditions, which she believes he contracted as a senior in high school in 2017, when the same school district conducted asbestos abatement exercises without properly notifying parents of the students. Minnesota parents of school children may want to follow this case.
Minnesota is home to many U.S. military veterans, some who recall serving as far back as World War II, Korea or in Vietnam. War efforts are always expensive, and especially during W.W.II, thousands of vehicles and other war supplies were built that sparked an industrial boom in the United States. It also caused a lot of people to suffer asbestos exposure, even though most manufacturers were already aware of asbestos-related dangers at that time.
Minnesota residents often do not recognize situations that are potentially hazardous to their health. For instance, in many cases where asbestos exposure has occurred, those affected were unaware that the microscopic fibers were present in the air or in materials they were exposed to in the workplace or elsewhere. Sadly, many incidents are later determined to have been preventable were it not for employer negligence.
In Minnesota and beyond, there are many old buildings, homes and factories that contain asbestos. This material is very dangerous to human health. In fact, current data shows there is no safe amount of asbestos exposure. Workers who are hired to remove asbestos-laden materials must have proper certification to do so.
Many buildings in Minnesota and other states are plagued with health hazards. The problem is that workers or visitors to such places are not always aware of the danger. To make matters worse, in some situations, employers or building owners are indeed aware of the potential risks but fail to provide information, training or equipment to help keep workers and others safe. In another state, there is currently contention brewing between city council members and the mayor regarding asbestos exposure issues.
The newest of the nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Brett Kavanaugh, was set to hear his first cases on the high court this week. One of the cases involves an asbestos exposure situation. It is a complicated products liability case that was filed by two Navy widows. Asbestos-related illnesses and injuries are problematic in Minnesota and throughout the nation; many of those adversely affected are people who used to work in shipyards.
Between 12,000 and nearly 40,000 people in the United States die annually from diseases related to asbestos. This leaves many people wondering why materials containing the product are not altogether banned. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule that not only has raised people's fears but has caused some to worry whether the rule could possibly lead to more asbestos exposure for workers and residents in Minnesota and across the country.
In Minnesota and elsewhere, a diagnosis of incurable cancer is devastating. Thousands of patients have illnesses that were caused by asbestos exposure. Especially for those who used to work or are currently employed in certain industries, such as construction, railroad work, shipyards or textile factories, the risks for asbestos-related injuries are high.