A licensed asbestos removal company took out the asbestos material surrounding the pipes of a Champaign, Illinois, office building set for demolition.
The material was found by the deconstruction company, Robinette Demolition of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Employees from Robinette who found the asbestos followed the proper procedures and immediately notified the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The state EPA in turn hired a contractor to remove the asbestos. As a result, two days after its discovery, the asbestos was safely extracted from the office building, allowing Robinette to continue with their demolition work. The fast action of the employee and the hiring of the licensed removal firm ensured that the public was never put into danger from the asbestos in the building, but precautions were taken against future asbestos finds, and a warning sign was posted on the door of the former Dobbins, Fraker, Tennant, Joy, and Perlstein law office.
The dangers from asbestos exposure are real. If the material is broken, it can be inhaled. After exposure, the victim might not think about it for years, but decades later, a diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease, difficulty in breathing, and cancer will surely remind him. Asbestos exposure can cause a scarring of the lungs known as asbestosis. This is often a precursor to more serious ailments from asbestos inhalation. One of the deadliest cancers is mesothelioma. This affects the lining of the lungs, and once diagnosed, the sufferer often only has months to live. The weighty nature of the consequences of asbestos exposure has led to a series of laws surrounding its treatment and handling once it is found. In the first half of the 20th century, asbestos was used extensively in construction, but once it was found to be a carcinogen, its use was banned in most western nations. If any asbestos is discovered, the state EPA must be notified, and a licensed asbestos removal company must take it out and dispose of it.