Parents were outraged after learning that bags filled with toxic asbestos debris were dumped near their children’s elementary school.
The large bags were left close to the Mt. Clear Primary School for an entire weekend in May by contractors doing work for Telestra, a telecommunications company that is building a national broadband network in Australia, reports The Courier.
The elementary school’s principal said that the school was not informed about the incident, which occurred on May 17. Telstra is launching an audit to see if safety standards were breached at the site.
Although this incident took place a world away, it is a stark reminder of the dangers asbestos also poses in the U.S., which has refused to ban its use. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in thousands of consumer, industrial, and construction products. However, we now know that asbestos is a human carcinogen, and the National Cancer Institute suggests that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.
Malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and gastrointestinal cancer are among the life-threatening diseases associated with asbestos exposure.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have rights under the law. Contact Sokolove Law today to explore your legal options and to find out if a mesothelioma lawyer can help you.