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Ceiling Collapse Exposes Workers to Asbestos and Traps Two

Ceiling Collapse Exposes Workers to Asbestos and Traps Two

Two workers preparing to remove asbestos from a building on Long Island were injured after a ceiling collapsed. Asbestos rained down and a 30×50 piece of concrete with metal reinforcing rods fell on them, reported CBS News (10.17.14). The construction was taking place at the vacant Nassau County government office building in Mineola.

Police department personnel removed the two men trapped inside the debris. Both were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The other 17 members of the work crew inside the building at the time of the ceiling collapse were able to escape the building. They were decontaminated for asbestos.

An environmental cleaning company from Queens was the employer of everyone involved in the incident.

The New York State Department of Labor requires asbestos elimination.

Asbestos are a known human carcinogen and a very serious health hazard. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have all said asbestos can cause cancer. The National Cancer Institute points to studies that have shown exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma. Studies have also suggested an association between asbestos exposure and other cancers, including cancers of the kidney, throat, gallbladder and esophagus. In addition, exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of asbestosis and other respiratory disorders.

Signs and symptoms of these diseases may not appear for 10 to 40 or more years after exposure to asbestos has occurred.

The CBS News story cited is “Two Construction Workers Trapped When Ceiling Collapses In Mineola.”

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