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Asbestos concerns in USDA building

At some point in time, it often becomes necessary to renovate an existing building. Perhaps the Georgia building is showing signs of age and needs updating, or perhaps the building's design is not conducive to optimum performance. When these renovations do begin, it is often necessary to take steps to ensure that those working in and around the renovated area are protected. There are numerous dangers associated with renovation work, including the possible exposure to asbestos in older buildings.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to conduct renovations of its headquarters. The affected area has been enclosed with a tarp, and a warning sign has been placed in the area. Employees are still working in close proximity to the construction area, and some have begun to complain of health concerns.

Some experts indicate that areas which present asbestos concerns that are undergoing renovation should be sealed so that asbestos materials cannot affect those working in the surrounding areas. Additionally, some USDA employees have filed complaints, and an OSHA investigation is underway. These employees claim that they have no choice but to work under these conditions while USDA officials indicate that employees have been presented with additional options.

Asbestos has been shown to cause cancer in some individuals exposed to it. As a result, care should be taken whenever asbestos is believed to be present within a building. Unfortunately, these preventative steps are too late for some. When a Georgia resident discovers that he or she has been adversely affected by asbestos exposure, he or she will want to investigate the possible legal options available in addition to medical ones.

Source:, "Are USDA employees being exposed to cancer-causing asbestos?", Josh Eidelson, May 22, 2018

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