As we all know, asbestos is a dangerous wool-like fiber. Repeated exposure to it can result in mesothelioma, the deadly rare form of lung cancer for which there is currently no cure. Many cases of exposure occur when people go to remove items they think have asbestos in them. Problems with asbestos only occur when the fibers get into the air. If something has been moved that contains asbestos, the fibers can get into the air. For this reason, there are very strict rules concerning how one goes about removing something where you think there might be asbestos.
The first question to ask in asbestos removal is are you sure you want to remove the siding or ceiling tiles or whatever it may be that contains the asbestos. Once you are positive that the item does contain asbestos and you do want to remove it, it is important to note that your legal options are available only if a licensed contractor is hired to remove the asbestos. Family members and friends may help but only on a no-pay basis. Asbestos removal is a hard activity that involves breathing through a respirator which places a strain on the heart and lungs as breathing is more difficult, wearing a protective suit that can become hot and uncomfortable, work that uses ladders and high places in many cases, and eye protection that results in limited visibility.
When removing asbestos, it is important to protect yourself from breathing in or spreading asbestos fibers by wearing an appropriate respirator, disposable coveralls, goggles, disposable gloves, and boots. The removal process itself involves wetting the affected items thoroughly both before and during the removal process. Keeping the fibers wet keeps them out of the air and reduces the risk for contamination. Any and all debris needs to be contained with plastic to prevent it from spreading or escaping and later affecting people.
The most important thing to remember is that your legal rights are available only if a licensed asbestos removal contractor has been hired.
If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos or diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact a mesothelioma lawyer at Williams Kherkher at 800-781-3955 to schedule your consultation.