People are often surprised to find out that exposure to asbestos is still a significant issue in the United States. It might seem that in the 40+ years since the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 gave the EPA broad authority to regulate asbestos production, the issue should be largely resolved. But exposure to asbestos continues to be a risk, and the cause of serious illness for those with extended or intense exposure to the dangerous substance.
The vast majority of people in South Carolina have likely been exposed to asbestos at some point in their life. While even small amounts of asbestos can be extremely detrimental to human health, most people will not develop mesothelioma as a result of brief, one-off exposures. However, for those who do, the results can be life-altering and devastating.
Asbestos is a highly toxic substance, which is why rules and regulations regarding its proper disposal are so incredibly important. Unfortunately, many South Carolina businessmen and women prefer to prioritize their own bottom lines over having to pay for the right methods of disposal. In a recent out-of-state incident, a man allegedly caused an entire community to suffer from asbestos exposure because of his actions.
Renovations are often billed as exciting changes for the future, but in some cases they can be deadly. Because of the once widespread use of asbestos in South Carolina and across the rest of the nation, exposure during renovations are sadly not uncommon. Indeed, three companies were recently fined for asbestos exposure that occurred during renovations of an out-of-state hotel.
More than four dozen people are suing Johnson Controls Inc. and TOCON Holdings LLC for their alleged role in exposing a group of residents to the toxic substance asbestos. Their claim stems from the demolition of a manufacturing plant. In these types of situations, asbestos litigation is often an effective way for South Carolina victims to recover much-needed compensation for damages, including health bills and more.
Construction workers, those in the manufacturing industry and many others in South Carolina, frequently work with strange-sounding chemicals and substances but never develop cancer. So what makes asbestos exposure so different in this regard? Asbestos is well-understood to be a durable material that is extremely dangerous to human health.
Like most good parents in other states, South Carolina parents of elementary-age school children expect school administrators and faculty to do all they can to keep their children safe when classes are in session during the school year. Many parents of students in one particular school in another state say they are unsure whether that is being done. In fact, they are quite concerned about asbestos exposure and mold issues that remain ongoing at their children's school and have been for some time.