Your Job Should Protect You from Asbestos Exposure
As asbestos is mostly found in old buildings, demolition workers are at a high risk of exposure when clearing out old business districts to make way for new construction. The EPA has created federal regulations intended to stop the dispersal of asbestos. However, these rules mostly focus on keeping asbestos away from the general populace, and demolition workers in close proximity to the project still have a high risk of being exposed.
If you are suffering from mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another disease related to asbestos exposure after working in the demolition industry, reach out to the New York asbestos lawyer at The Williams Law Firm, P.C. Legal action cannot undo the justice that’s been done to you, but it could earn you and your family compensation for emotional distress. Only by raising asbestos awareness can we stress the dangers of this substance to the government and push for the reinstatement of an asbestos ban in the U.S.
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FEDERAL ASBESTOS DEMOLITION REGULATIONS
It can take decades for the first symptoms of asbestos exposure to manifest. If you worked in demolition at any time in your life, it may have been the cause of your disease. Think back on your time at this job, and if you can, make a note of how each project was carried out. It could be that your employer did not take the appropriate precautions to limit your asbestos exposure.
The Clean Air Act specifies that:
- A BUILDING MUST BE INSPECTED FOR ASBESTOS BEFORE DEMOLITION OR RENOVATION
- AN APPROPRIATE ENTITY, USUALLY A STATE AGENCY, MUST BE INFORMED OF THE AMOUNT OF ASBESTOS IN THE BUILDING
- ASBESTOS MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE BUILDING BEFORE DEMOLITION, IF POSSIBLE
- ALL REMOVED ASBESTOS CONTAINING MATERIALS MUST BE SEALED IN LEAK TIGHT CONTAINERS AND DISPOSED OF
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS TO COMPENSATION
There is no circumstance where you should have been exposed to asbestos. Consult with a New York asbestos lawyer immediately after being diagnosed with an asbestos related disease to find out how you can receive compensation from those responsible.