A renovation project on East Bank Middle School in West Virginia has many parents worried about the safety of their children. One student, sixth grader Ivy Davis, complained that since the construction on the school started last fall, the dust stirred up by maintenance workers has severely impacted her asthma symptoms.
But Ivy’s mother and other parents are concerned that the “dust” may be something worse. During the $6 million project aiming to fix things such as the heating and air conditioning, the building tested positive for asbestos in a number of locations throughout the school. Parents fear that in addition to the HVAC system, demolition to ceilings, ductwork and floor tiling may stir up the carcinogenic asbestos fibers and cause harm to their children.
The facilities director for the Kanawha County Schools, Chuck Wilson, wants to ensure parents that they should not worry, and that the asbestos removal process is being handled in accordance with proper procedures. “It’s not been done while any kids are in school and it’s been glove-bagged,” Wilson told WOWK-TV. “We’re really heavily regulated on how this occurs.” He predicted that the renovation project will be finished by this August, and students and the community will soon be enjoying a hazard-free school.
Asbestos-related illnesses, such as the development of mesothelioma and many different types of cancer, usually do not occur until years after the initial exposure. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a type of cancer such as lung, gastrointestinal or throat, and believe that the cause may be due to asbestos exposure, talk with our asbestos lawyers today at (888) 637-6347. We are here to help you realize if a place of business has unfairly put you at risk for developing this illness.
[Did You Know: Asbestos that is in good condition is not dangerous. However, as asbestos ages the fibers become loose and airborne which makes it harmful.]
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