Asbestos can be found in many schools throughout New Hampshire. Builders frequently used asbestos because it was cheap and highly resistant to fire. It is also highly tensile, meaning it can be stretched and woven into other materials to improve that material’s heat resistance. Throughout its peak use in the 50s, 60s and 70s, schools used asbestos-contaminated concrete, roofing, vinyl and numerous other materials.
Asbestos strikes fear into people's hearts. The horrific outcomes of those who have suffered and lost their lives due to asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma provide plenty of reason to be worried.
One of the most dangerous forms of asbestos is loose-fill asbestos.
Our firm recently published a slideshare noting the connection between talcum powder and asbestos exposure. Read about how talc products have been contaminated with asbestos for decades.
Ernest Quiroz Jr. died from mesothelioma in 2014. His lawsuit against his father’s former employer maintained that he had been exposed to asbestos as a boy, decades ago, from toxic dust brought home on his father’s work clothes.
The danger asbestos poses to construction workers has not been as widely acknowledged in recent years. For too many, asbestos is a thing of the past.
It can be difficult to know when asbestos is present in a particular material or building. If in doubt, it is best to assume that asbestos is present. We recently wrote about the frequent presence of asbestos in schools throughout the country.
All forms of asbestos cause cancer. There has been a persistent myth, however, that some forms of asbestos are safe. Often, these myths are rooted in studies funded by industries that have used, or still currently use, chrysolite asbestos.
According to the results of a joint investigation by the District Attorney's offices in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, 17 certified asbestos inspectors routinely lied about performing inspections, putting construction workers and nearby residents at risk of asbestos exposure.
How old is your child's school? Is it due for a renovation? Do you know the risks schoolchildren and their teachers face each day due to asbestos exposure?