While many of the products that have been created as a result of the industrial revolution have benefited society, some have come with particularly high human costs as well. Take asbestos, for instance. This chemical product was created as a fireproof insulator and has successfully been used in many factories, buildings, and ships; however, exposure to the product is also the only known cause for a deadly cancer known as Mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma can affect the membrane linings of the lungs and abdominal cavity. There is currently no cure to the disease, although treatments have been found that can prolong a patient’s life.
These dangers have been known for decades, yet the product is still found in many of the construction products and materials that we use today. In fact, Oklahoma recently received a grant to reduce the amount of asbestos that is found in schools across the state.
An article from The Joplin Globe explains the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Oklahoma $204,000 to monitor and assist compliance regarding asbestos regulations. The money will also go towards inspections, community outreach, employee training, and enforcement.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we know the serious risks that can be posed by exposure to asbestos. That’s why our team of Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are excited the state has been awarded this grant. We are hopeful it will be used to better protect and serve the people of Oklahoma.