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Library renovation uncovers asbestos

A major renovation project has been temporarily been put on hold due to results of an environmental assessment that was conducted in the building. Construction was set to take place in a library building outside South Carolina, but all monies issued in a federal grant for the purpose are now going to be used for something else, namely, asbestos removal. It seems that inspectors uncovered a high asbestos exposure risk when they found the material in the textured ceiling tiles of the library.

This particular library has two levels, and the tiles were used to construct the ceiling on both floors. The dangers of asbestos are well known, as a library director speaking about the problem attested. The director assured the public that library officials are greatly concerned with worker and patron safety.

He also stated that the air in the main parts of the library was recently checked and deemed safe to breathe. Given the extreme risk for incurable lung disease associated with exposure to asbestos products, it is easy to wonder whether a simple air test will be enough to assuage people's fears regarding the presence of asbestos in the library. Employers are obligated to provide proper training and safety equipment for any workers who will be exposed to asbestos, as well as to make sure workers are aware of the risk at hand.

For now, construction to remodel the library will wait, while asbestos exposure risks are (hopefully) lowered by removing the old, textured ceiling tiles from the building. Many South Carolina residents already suffer lung diseases from exposures to asbestos that occurred years ago. Some have only recently discovered that their health problems are due to these exposures. An experienced attorney can help an injured asbestos victim pursue justice by filing a claim against any party deemed negligent in a particular situation.

Source:, "Asbestos discovered in library ceilings", Diane Speer, Oct. 18, 2017

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