The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) candle lighting ceremony is an annual tradition that commemorates mesothelioma survivors and victims. The candles are lit to honor all ‘Mesothelioma Warriors,’ those who have been diagnosed with the cancer, those who have survived the disease and those who have lost their lives to it.
The first candle lighting will take place on Dec. 28. Candles will be lit in loving memory of all of those who have lost their courageous battles with mesothelioma.
The second candle lighting will be held on Jan. 4, 2014 and these candles will be lit in support of all people who are currently battling mesothelioma across the globe.
If you know someone who has died from or is battling mesothelioma, you can have their name added to the list of Mesothelioma Warriors. You must fill out this form with a valid email address or the name cannot be added to the list. You can add names to the list up until Dec. 20, upon which the list will be closed. It is important to note that this list of Mesothelioma Warriors will be shared with the public.
You have the option to light your candles on Dec. 28 and Jan.… Read the rest
Homes built prior to the 1970s may have been constructed with asbestos products such as flooring, insulation, roof shingles, decorative paint and many more. This is important to know upfront, especially if you plan on renovating your home.
If you suspect you have asbestos in your home when remodeling or making major changes that could disturb the asbestos fibers, you should hire an asbestos professional. This individual is trained to properly handle and remove products made with asbestos to ensure the fibers are not distributed throughout your home. If the asbestos particles are disturbed and become airborne, they can be inhaled by yourself and your family and can raise risk of mesothelioma.
There are two main types of asbestos professionals: asbestos inspectors and asbestos contractors. Asbestos inspectors assess a home or building for its condition and test samples to determine the presence of asbestos. Asbestos contractors, however, repair and remove asbestos materials. If an asbestos inspector tests your home and detects asbestos, they can put you in touch with a proper asbestos contractor.
It is important to note that federal law does not require asbestos inspectors or contractors to be trained and accredited. However, some states do require these standards. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends homeowners hire workers who are professionally trained and accredited for the safest inspection, removal and repair of asbestos.… Read the rest
We know asbestos exposure was common among occupations like construction workers, carpenters, oil refinery workers and members of the U.S. military. There is one occupation, however, that is also at risk and doesn’t seem to get as much attention. That occupation is firefighting.
Firefighters risk their lives by entering burning, crumbling buildings and structures. They are the first responders who put it all on the line to extinguish fires and save lives. Many times the buildings they enter were constructed with asbestos and asbestos products. As the fire burns, its high temperature actually causes asbestos fibers in the materials to break down even further. This can distribute the fibers into the air faster.
This is where the main dangers of asbestos exposure and firefighters come into play. It is usually the products inside the burning building that create the biggest hazards – items like roofing materials, insulation, vinyl, shingles, floor tiles that were commonly created with asbestos. The culmination of a burning building with deteriorating asbestos products can endanger rescue workers and firefighters in such situations.
An example of this type of asbestos exposure comes from the clean-up efforts of the 9/11 attacks. Firefighters and rescue workers spent hours at Ground Zero working among dust, smoke and debris that contained asbestos and other harmful particles.… Read the rest
At the Simmons Law Firm, our mesothelioma lawyers are committed to keeping you up-to-date on the latest asbestos and mesothelioma headlines. Here is a brief list of some of the most recent headlines concerning the dangers of asbestos exposure, along with new information about mesothelioma research happening in the United States and throughout the world.
- Asbestos victims react to House vote on H.R 982
On Nov. 13, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act, which would make it more difficult for asbestos victims to file lawsuits. Susan Vento (widow of mesothelioma victim Bruce Vento) and Judy Van Ness (widow of U.S. Navy Veteran mesothelioma victim) react to the passing of the bill here.
- Asbestos found at site of massive warehouse blaze
One of Fort Wayne, Indiana’s largest fires occurred at a massive industrial complex on August 19. Because of the known asbestos within the debris of the building, signs were posted that declared, “Danger: Asbestos, Cancer and Lung Disease Hazard.”
- Asbestos to be removed from Jesuit Residence following flooding
Asbestos was found at the Jesuit Residence on Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee, WI in October after the building was flooded from a burst pipe. Restoration on the building was set to take place by Belfor Property Restoration, who would perform the asbestos removal according to guidelines set by the Department of Natural Resources, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Low levels of asbestos are present in the air, water and soil. The effects of asbestos exposure become most dangerous, however, when individuals have regular or prolonged exposure to the toxic fibers. This most often occurs at the workplace.
In the past, certain occupations including U.S. Navy members, boilermakers, railroad workers and oil refinery workers were exposed to high levels of asbestos by working with asbestos products on a regular basis. Even though asbestos is not fully banned in the United States today, regulations have decreased the exposures among certain occupations. There are a number of workforces, however, that remain at risk.
Many times firefighters may enter a building that was constructed with asbestos and is on fire, full of debris, or crumbling to the ground. High temperatures can cause asbestos fibers to deteriorate even further, resulting in the decomposition of the fibers and their subsequent release into the air. If firefighters inhale these airborne fibers, they may be at risk for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Today there are more than 1.3 million construction and building and equipment maintenance workers in the United States. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, approximately two-thirds of asbestos still produced in the U.S.… Read the rest