Construction work on a harborside site in Sydney, Austraila has been shut down by government officials amid fears that it may be releasing asbestos fibers into the air that may be putting nearby residents at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma.
One-hundred-and-fifty workers who had been working on the Barangaroo site have been ordered off the site and will undergo health checkups to make sure they have not inhaled dangerous levels of asbestos, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
The reason for the sudden shutdown of work at the site came after government officials learned that site manager Boris Lend Lease had been concealing a “disturbing” history of asbestos on the site. Because none of the workers on the site were formally trained to handle asbestos products, the presence of any dangerous substances could have been mishandled and presented a danger to both the workers and the public.
“People have been taking their families on outings over the Easter break, and potentially asbestos fibres have been blowing across the harbor,” said Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union State Secretary Brian Parker.
While this situation is unfolding in Australia, it is a reminder that it is possible that there may be an elevated risk of inhaling asbestos fibers and potentially developing mesothelioma later in life for those who find themselves living or working nearby a construction site.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and now suffers from mesothelioma, call Sokolove Law today to learn more about what it takes to pursue a mesothelioma claim.