Ohio residents may know that some of the state’s older buildings could have dangerous and toxic materials and substances in them that require special handling during a renovation or demolition. For instance, it may be necessary to perform asbestos abatement due to the presence of the destruction of building materials containing this human carcinogen. What some people may not be aware of is that this process may be necessary on items that are not buildings, such as old railroad locomotives.
Many towns across the country, perhaps including here in Ohio, have displays of old locomotives that more than likely contain asbestos. One in particular in another state is currently slated for asbestos abatement. BNSF Railway Company gifted it to the city in question back in 1962. A restoration of the steam-powered locomotive was attempted at some point in the past, but the discovery of asbestos halted those efforts.
It took some time to receive the authorization to work with a company that could handle the removal of this toxic substance, but it was ultimately given by the Wyoming city. Asbestos dust and fibers can cling to many surfaces and present a danger to the public. Only after the abatement is completed can any restoration work begin again.
Asbestos was widely used in a variety of industries, a plethora of products and numerous locations. Anytime this toxic substance is found, it requires abatement before anyone can conduct further work in or around it. Even though some will say that small or brief exposure is not harmful, others would say that any exposure could result in an asbestos-related illness. It would be better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to this dangerous human carcinogen.