Renovations to Carmi, Illinois High School totaling $6.5 million will include asbestos removal projects expected to begin during the school year on April 11. This has parents of students attending the high school concerned that their children may be in danger. School officials have been quick to reassure the parents that the asbestos projects will be closely monitored, but their concern is understandable.
Asbestos was used in over 3,000 products before its potentially dangerous health effects came to public light. Its unique resistance to heat, friction, electrical, and chemical damage led it to be used in numerous construction products including insulation and flooring. Unfortunately, asbestos exposure is known to cause mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer that can affect the chest cavity, the abdomen, and sometimes the lining of the heart.
The authorities will closely monitor the asbestos abatement and have said that removal during the school year is common. The work will be conducted inside plastic, HEPA filtered containment areas behind wooden barricades to ensure no students mistakenly go near the demolition. Air quality will be monitored daily and any problems would result in school cancelation.
Have you or a loved one been exposed to asbestos at a school or other location? An asbestos attorney may be able to assist you.