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Children and adult workers exposed to asbestos

The safety of children should be a priority in any environment in which children learn and/or live. It is expected that these environments will be free from harmful materials. Additionally, if a harmful substance is discovered, Georgia parents expect to be notified of the potential danger and the steps that are being taken to rectify the situation. In other words, if asbestos is discovered in a building in which their children are spending a considerable amount of time, expect to be made aware of the situation and what is being done about the problem.

A recent lawsuit in another state suggests that children and employees were exposed to asbestos. Although administrators at a youth correction facility were award of asbestos contamination in the facility, they did not notify the workers, children or the children's parents. The facility in question is an older building in which approximately 270 children can be housed for an extended period of time.

In 2017, one worker at the facility began coughing up blood. He soon learned that he had been exposed to asbestos. In addition to expressing his concern over how the asbestos exposure was handled, he expressed concern over the children who had been housed in the affected building. This worker has now filed a lawsuit in the matter.

Asbestos is a common concern in buildings that were constructed prior to 1970. When asbestos fibers break, they can become airborne. This is when asbestos contamination can become a health problem. Asbestos is currently linked to lung cancer, mesothelioma and a number of other health issues. Georgia residents who have suffered as a result of asbestos exposure may find it necessary to seek legal action.

Source:, "Attorney says Oregon Youth Authority knowingly exposed children, workers to asbestos", Joe Douglass, May 3, 2018

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