Every property owner should be aware that asbestos in building materials has the potential to do serious damage to a person's health if it is disturbed and released into the air. Once asbestos is airborne, the fibers can remain there for days making it very easy for people to unknowingly breathe them in or carry them offsite on their clothing.
As the summer winds down to a close, kids all across North Carolina and their parents are turning their attentions back to school and thinking about homework, new class schedules and having much less free time.
On a day-to-day basis, the risk of coming into contact with asbestos may not even register on a person's radar. Realistically speaking, many people will never have to worry about asbestos or the devastating consequences of toxic exposure. However, there are plenty of people who do worry about asbestos because of where they live or work.
We are officially in the time of year when North Carolina residents must be prepared for serious weather conditions; particularly residents who live close to the coast. Between now and the end of the year, the risk of hurricanes and other severe storms is a very real concern and it is essential that people are prepared.
Like it or not, money and cost drive many of our decisions on a regular basis. Sometimes this can be good and economical; other times this can lead to some compromises that have negative consequences.
Property owners across North Carolina should understand that they have an obligation to maintain safe and hazard-free premises. This includes addressing and removing asbestos if it poses a threat to people on the property.
If you live or work in a building that was built before the 1980s, chances are pretty good that it was built with products containing asbestos. The fiber is often found in roofs, tiling, insulation or plumbing systems in older structures because it was an inexpensive, strong material used for its fireproofing qualities.
At the Law Offices of Wallace & Graham, we receive many calls and emails asking whether a property owner may be held liable for compensating a building tenant or resident for contracting mesothelioma due to asbestos used in the building materials. We thought we would use this blog post to discuss some of the most frequently asked questions and answers.
This time of year, homeowners all across North Carolina will be doing some spring cleaning. Whether the plan is to do some light yard work or some more extensive renovations in the home, it is crucial for property owners to take very seriously the dangers of asbestos.
If you work for a construction company or own a home, you need to understand that the risk of being exposed to asbestos could be right underneath your own feet.