Companies skirt asbestos regulations

On Behalf of | Jul 29, 2022 | asbestos

Using proper asbestos disposal methods is critical to ensure that people aren’t exposed to the substance since it can lead to mesothelioma and other life-threatening medical conditions. Companies that handle this type of work are highly regulated.

Even though asbestos isn’t used as it was in the past, there are still homes and other buildings that have it in them. Demolition of these homes has to be handled very carefully.

Demolition program problems

Detroit, Michigan, claims that it has the largest demolition program. Since 2014, more than 22,000 buildings have been demolished in the city. In cities as large as Detroit, as well as smaller ones like New Orleans, having a demolition program that can keep up with the city’s needs is critical. This requires having sufficient asbestos removal companies in the area.

Recently, Detroit’s Inspector General reported that three of the companies that handled asbestos removal were removed from the program. There’s a fear that this could slow down the demolition of blighted buildings, and that it could raise costs. Even though that’s possible, public safety must be the primary consideration. Unscrupulous asbestos removal companies can put people near the worksite, disposal site and anywhere in between in danger of coming into contact with asbestos.

Anyone who’s been exposed to asbestos is at risk for developing mesothelioma. This condition can manifest decades after the exposure, but that doesn’t make it any less serious. Getting proper medical care is critical when you have this condition, but it can be expensive. Seeking compensation for the financial damages you’re dealing with is imperative. Having legal guidance can help you experience less stress on the path to receiving the compensation you deserve.