Officials in Guadalupe County, Texas, held an emergency meeting this week to find out if asbestos and mold could be causing problems in the county’s Agricultural Building.
As reported by the local news website Seguin Gazette, County Judge Larry Jones received a letter from County Attorney David Willborn warning of the county’s possible liability should asbestos or mold be present. Upon receiving the letter, Judge Jones asked workers to vacate the building, and scheduled the emergency meeting.
The building at 210 E. Live Oak St. houses offices for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and the Guadalupe County Groundwater Conservation District.
According to the article, asbestos is present in the building’s floor tile adhesives, and some of the tiles are cracked and broken. If it is disturbed, asbestos can become airborne and be inhaled, leading to serious illnesses such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
Most structures built before 1980 used some building materials that contained asbestos. Construction products that contained asbestos include insulation, wallboard, and ceiling tiles, as this slideshow notes.
The World Health Organization says about 125 million people worldwide are exposed to asbestos in the workplace. In the U.S., there are 3,200 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos in the workplace and developed mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Sokolove Law today for a free case consultation.