Asbestos is a notoriously dangerous substance. For decades, it was used without caution or regulation before the devastating effects of exposure were known. Even after the risks were known, asbestos exposure was a huge problem for many people working or living in environments where asbestos was used thanks to poor oversight and noncompliance with safety requirements.
Readers of this blog should already know that asbestos can be dangerous for any person who is exposed to it. There are some groups of people who may be more likely to be exposed; but no one is immune to the illnesses that are caused by asbestos.
Property owners have a great deal of responsibility when it comes to making sure their property is safe. Premises liability is about much more than protecting residents and visitors from slipping and falling; owners must also be sure the structure itself is not a threat to anyone's health.
Whether you own, lease or are looking to buy a home, there are certain hazards that you must be on the lookout for. Often, people think about faulty plumbing, poor insulation crumbling foundations, older roofs and outdated appliances as some of the more significant issues in a home. But these issues can be even more troubling that people may realize.
There are many employers and property owners who will do whatever they can to cut their costs. They may work with substandard materials or fail to take appropriate action to improve working or living conditions to keep people safe. Often, these parties are making these decisions because of the short-term benefits they can get; however, the long-term consequences of these choices can be devastating.
In recent posts, we have discussed tenants of rental properties who have been affected by asbestos in their buildings. Sadly, these cases continue to come up because too many property owners continue to fall short when it comes to their responsibility to deal with asbestos safely.
Now that spring is here, home owners all across North Carolina may be doing some spring cleaning and planning home repair or construction projects. However, before people start sweeping, repairing, washing, tearing down or building up their property, they may want to remember that there can be a very real risk of asbestos exposure during these projects.
When people think about premises liability, they often think that it simply means clearing a slippery sidewalk, fixing a broken step or putting up a fence around a swimming pool. These can all pose a threat to a person's safety and they should be addressed by a property owner in order to make it safe for others. However, not all unsafe conditions are this obvious. In fact, there can be hazards lurking inside a building that tenants and visitors are exposed to every single day without even realizing it.
The dangers of asbestos have been known for several years. We know that being exposed to asbestos can cause devastating and permanent damage to a person's health, as it is linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma. But residents of an apartment complex are also learning that exposure to asbestos can also result in other upsetting damages.
People who have heard of asbestos generally associate the toxic fiber with industrial machines, construction jobs and military vessels. It is true that these are just a few of the environments in which asbestos was commonly used and can still be found today. However, people may be surprised to learn that asbestos still lurks in places that many of us visit on a regular basis.