When students and staff entered the John Campbell Elementary School last week they could breathe a sigh of relief. They were now in a building that no longer put them at potential risk of asbestos exposure.
As reported in Yakima Herald, small traces of asbestos were detected during a summer roof-repair job at the school in Selah, Washington. Workers noticed material that turned out to be asbestos falling from the roof into the school’s attic during the project. The school district stopped the work and hired Yakima-based Fulcrum Environmental Consulting to test and remove the material.
The testing revealed that while the material contained asbestos, it was confined to the building’s attic. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, or cancer causing substance. Fulcrum removed the asbestos from the site and then collected air quality samples for testing, according to the Herald. The tests came back negative for asbestos in time for the opening day of school.
Due to its durability, strength, and fireproofing qualities, asbestos was once used in many building materials up until the late 1970s. As a result, many older buildings still contain materials made of asbestos.
Exposure to any level of asbestos can lead to life-threatening illnesses including mesothelioma (a rare and incurable cancer) and asbestosis, a chronic and non-reversible medical condition characterized by scarring and thickening of the lung tissue. There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, according to the National Cancer Institute.
If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free case evaluation, contact Sokolove Law today.