Asbestos can harm anyone in any profession, in any location, and at any age. It’s not just workers in manufacturing or construction that face exposure. That fact came home recently when asbestos popped up in several locations at Kansas State University these are also areas that students frequent. As reported in K-State’s Collegian newspaper, the college’s facilities supervisor confirmed that asbestos was found in a hall attic, a hall basement, and the ceilings in the student union.
A bit of history: Asbestos was once used in countless places because of its high tensile strength and excellent insulation and fireproofing properties. But it was also proven to cause serious illnesses, including asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer, and malignant mesothelioma. Because of this, asbestos was phased out of use starting in the mid-1970s.
The administration warned employees to take precautions, such as not disturbing the areas where asbestos is contained. However, the Collegian reports that students weren’t warned about the presence of the carcinogenic material.
One sophomore who visits the Student Union at least once a day said he had no idea that asbestos was discovered there. But he was unconcerned about any health risks. It’s not like we live there or sleep there. But I would be concerned if I worked in one of the offices and was breathing it every day, said the student.
The K-State asbestos discovery comes on the heels of a tragic story from the United Kingdom involving a college lecturer who died of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in a college building. As this blog reported, Cynthia Clarke believed that her exposure came from asbestos-containing ceiling tiles that were disturbed when workers ran wires. Clarke also feared that other college employees and students were also at risk of developing an asbestos-related condition.
If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related condition as a result of exposure to asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Sokolove Law today for a free asbestos lawsuit consultation.