Mesothelioma and Asbestos Risk for California Teens
This from SurvivingMesothelioma.com
Three California executives responsible for helping at-risk teenagers gain job skills have been charged with putting those teens at risk for asbestos related diseases including mesothelioma cancer.
The executives ran a now-closed non-profit agency in Merced called Firm Build. According to the Merced County District Attorney’s Office, between 2005 and 2006, a group of teens being trained in construction by Firm Build were sent to remove asbestos from old buildings without adequate protection. The Silicon Valley Mercury News reports that the teens had to remove the asbestos-containing products using only paper face masks and hard hats.
The mineral asbestos, still prevalent as an insulator and building product in thousands of older structures, is known to cause mesothelioma, as well as asbestosis, lung cancer and other serious pulmonary problems. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has established strict guidelines for the type of protection required for asbestos removal, which may include protective gear and respirators. The Firm Build executives have been charged with child endangerment.