With so much asbestos material used in construction projects dating all the way back to the 1800s it should come as no surprise to anyone that asbestos materials continue to appear in a variety of buildings across the country, from homes and apartment buildings to police stations and schools. Without proper abatement procedures, these asbestos materials can potentially cause dangerous or deadly diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.
In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, construction of a new municipal library has slowed because of asbestos materials found on the site where the structure is to be built.
According to the Des Moines Register, workers who were excavating the site of the future library discovered asbestos debris that had been left over from a school building that once stood on the property. Not only did this discovery endanger the workers who found it, it also created the need for asbestos abatement work that will end up costing the city of Cedar Rapids about $1.3 million tocomplete.
As the result of this, the library construction project is also delayed by at least a month.
Luckily for Cedar Rapids, plenty of money has been set aside in the budget to deal with potential asbestos hazards at the worksite. The library, which is scheduled to open in about a year, is expected to cost about $50 million.
Construction workers are much more likely to come across loose asbestos materials than people in other lines of work and are more likely to develop the dangerous diseases associated with asbestos. Shipbuilders and miners have also been hit disproportionately hard by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
If you think you have been exposed to asbestos while working in construction or in any other line of work, call Sokolove Law for a free consultation on your rights and legal options.