Mesothelioma Diagnosis Linked to College Renovation
An elderly man received a mesothelioma diagnosis. However, he was perplexed. He wanted to know when and where asbestos exposure happened. After careful investigation, the man tied his diagnosis to renovations on his college campus in the 1960s.
Asbestos once filled countless U.S. homes and businesses in the form of insulation and heat-protecting materials. Throughout the construction boom following WWII, asbestos was a key element in thousands of industrial and household products, including drywall, wiring, glues, and adhesives, ceiling tiles, cement, and shingles. Some of these asbestos products remain in old structures. They are harmless if not disturbed. Asbestos injured workers while on the job.
When the asbestos industry was booming, families of workers were at great risk. Workers often came home with asbestos fibers in their hair, work clothes, and tools. This exposed family members to the toxic substance and increasing their risk of related diseases.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) presented a Workers’ Home Contamination Study to Congress that showed “families of asbestos-exposed workers have been at increased risk of pleural, pericardial or peritoneal mesothelioma, lung cancer, cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, and nonmalignant pleural and parenchymal abnormalities as well as asbestosis.”
Occupations that are at high risk for exposure in older buildings include firefighters, contractors, demolition workers, electricians, and plumbers.
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However, the elderly man was not involved in any of those careers. His investigation revealed that during his attendance at Syracuse University between 1964 and 1968 the university performed many renovation projects. One of these involved replacing asbestos vinyl tile in his freshman and sophomore dorms. Also, the university removed asbestos in his fraternity house during both his junior and senior years. In addition, the college continued to remove asbestos all over campus. After removal, the asbestos tiles went into boxes labeled “American Biltrite’s Amtico vinyl asbestos tile”.
The company, American Biltrite argued against his lawsuit. It said a judge should dismiss it due to lack of proof of general or specific causation. However, the judge said the man could not obtain proof due. Therefore, the jury will decide who is responsible.
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