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Asbestos still being found in homes worldwide

Buying a home can be a stressful process, even for second- or third-time buyers. That’s because, even though a seller is required in Illinois to disclose potential defects or hazardous conditions on the property prior to sale, this only applies to conditions they are aware of. This means, if they don’t know about a problem, then they may not be liable for it in the future.

Naturally occurring asbestos stops several construction projects

Because of the health risks associated with asbestos, there are oftentimes a lot of precautions that are taken when it comes to cleanup methods. Areas where asbestos is present must be carefully quarantined to preserve air quality and special vacuums must be used to make sure asbestos fibers are removed completely. Those cleaning up the area must also make sure they are wearing the right safety equipment as well to mitigate exposure.

A dozen deaths daily: The ongoing concern of workplace safety

Workplace safety should be a concern and top priority for any company. However, workers in Illinois and across the country should know that accidents on the job can and do still happen, despite increased oversight and improved safety measures. In fact, the number of fatal work accidents may be higher than many people may realize.

Victims of asbestos exposure upset by new law

Illinois residents should keep an eye on a fellow Midwest state, which has recently signed into law a bill to place obstacles in the path of asbestos litigation. In what is a disturbing result for victims of mesothelioma, the state will now place extra burdens on those who pursue asbestos litigation.

Asbestos removal company fined for putting workers and public at risk

Materials found to contain asbestos are commonly found in many older buildings. When these buildings are renovated or demolished, the removal of asbestos materials must be carried out and completed by a licensed asbestos removal company. Under federal and state law, asbestos removal companies must abide by and follow certain restrictions and requirements. Failure to do so can put workers and members of the public at risk of being exposed to dangerous asbestos materials.

Long-term worker study indicates silica dust causes lung cancer

The fact that microscopic asbestos fibers caused mesothelioma and asbestos-lung cancer may have come as a shock generations ago, but scientists and safety regulators have known for decades that other airborne particulates carry the same risk. With substantial profits to be gained through the use of these products, however, there continues to be resistance to regulation -- or even to appropriate safety measures being taken.

Asbestos may be in your home: how to avoid possible health risks

If your home was built before about 1996, it could very well have components that contain asbestos. Shocked? It’s true. The Environmental Protection Agency started a phased ban of asbestos-containing products used in residential construction in 1989, but the final phase wasn’t even intended to be completed until 1996.

Young people riding ATVs injured in crash near Troy

When the weather cooperates, many people throughout Madison County enjoy jumping on their all terrain vehicles and going for a ride. Such vehicles allow riders to explore parts of the area that are otherwise not accessible via other modes of transportation such as cars or bicycles. While in many cases ATV excursions are uneventful, and all involved return safely, sometimes crashes occur.

Study discovers connection between pollution and birth weight

When a woman learns she is expecting a child, she probably takes certain steps to ensure the safety and health of her baby. She may stop consuming certain foods and beverages and may refrain from participating in very strenuous activities. There are some things that an expecting mother has little control over, though.

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