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Steps taken to protect public from asbestos exposure

In 1943, a  memorial visitor center was opened in another state to greet visitors interested in learning more about the childhood of Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial preserves the farm land where the former president lived in the early to mid 1800s. The visitor center, located on the grounds, is slated to be closed from February through mid-March to protect people from possible asbestos exposure. Similar projects may be scheduled in some older South Carolina buildings as well.

In addition to the visitor center, the museum, bookstore and auditorium are also being shut down to the general public. Officials say the closings are meant to optimize staff and visitor safety during an asbestos removal project on the grounds. Two nearby memorial halls, however, will remain open during certain hours where people can view videos and temporary displays. The public will also still be able to hike along trails located in the park.

The purpose of the project is reportedly is to remove an asbestos-laden ceiling in preparation of a future fire suppression system slated for installation down the line. Those who have worked with asbestos in the past may understand the potentially grave dangers associated with such projects. Asbestos-related dangers are so well-known that employers are obligated to inform their workers of possible exposures on the job.

Employers must also provide proper training and safety equipment to help minimize risk of injury or illness associated with construction projects or any other type of work that exposes employees to asbestos. Employer negligence can have disastrous consequences. In fact, there are experienced South Carolina attorneys who remain fully prepared to litigate claims brought to court by those injured from on-the-job asbestos exposure.

Source: duboiscountyfreepress.com, "Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial asbestos removal impacting parts of Memorial Visitor Center", Feb. 14, 2018

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