As the summer of 2020 ends, Americans must deal with the damage from seasonal storms. Whether it’s a hurricane, derecho or wildfire, storms can wreak havoc on a neighborhood and cause significant damage. Even after the storm passes, cleaning up the debris comes with its own dangers.
Storms are not particular with their devastation, leveling old and new buildings alike. When cleaning up buildings constructed decades ago, many people will encounter asbestos. This notorious insulating material can cause significant harm when inhaled, including asbestosis, permanent lung damage and even cancer.
Many devastated communities band together in times of tragedy to help restore their neighborhoods. Community effort is necessary for speedy and effective clean-up operations but has little focus on safety. Government officials offer citizens these asbestos safety recommendations when cleaning up storm-damaged buildings:
Though asbestos use has declined over the decades, lawmakers have failed to remove it from circulation altogether. Even today, floor tile, ceiling tile, wall and pipe insulation, asphalt roofs, textures, and linoleum all may contain asbestos. Exposure is not always immediately apparent either — symptoms of disease may not show for 20 years.
Whether assembling construction materials or cleaning up debris, those exposed to asbestos can have a lawyer assess their case. A local attorney familiar with California’s personal injury law can answer questions, draw up legal paperwork and help find restitution.