School Renovation Raises Asbestos Fears

by Sokolove Law

Asbestos is dangerous in any environment — on U.S. Navy ships, in commercial planes, in construction sites and mines — and in schools that young children attend.

Because of this, some parents are concerned about a renovation at the East Bank Middle School in W.Va. The school infrastructure dates back to the 60s, according to local station News 13. The $6 million renovation project to install a new heating and air conditioning system is requiring demolition of ductwork, ceilings, rooftops, and floor tiling. These are the sorts of components where asbestos would likely be present in a building erected in the 1960s, when the mineral was extensively used.

In fact, several areas in the school have tested positive for asbestos within the last six months. But the school’s facility manager insists there is no chance of students being exposed to the toxic mineral. “It’s [the work] not been done while any kids are in school and it’s been glove-bagged, and we’re really heavily regulated on how this occurs,” he said.

Not all the parents agree with that assessment. “You send your child, not thinking they’re going to be in harm’s way, and this to me is harmful when you walk in and look around,” said one worried mother.

Any exposure to asbestos, no matter how small, increases the risk of developing an asbestos-related disease such as asbestosis or malignant mesothelioma. According to the National Cancer Institute, there is no known safe level of asbestos exposure.

If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and developed an asbestos cancer as a result, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Call Sokolove Law today for a free case evaluation about an asbestos lawsuit.

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