As more and more firefighters are diagnosed with various forms of cancers, it has become obvious that there is a link between their work and their health. Until recently, Ohio firefighters had a difficult time obtaining compensation for cancer diagnoses caused by their work conditions. Fortunately, Ohio lawmakers changed all that with legislation that became effective early this year.
Ohio is a high-risk state for asbestos-related disease due to the major industries here. Unfortunately, symptoms from asbestos exposure take a very long time to show. Even though steps are being made to decrease the risk of asbestos exposure, those exposed in the past may still face the consequences in the future.
Asbestos use in building materials, brake pads and other industrial products has declined steadily since the 1970's. From its peak in 1973 (where more than 800,000 metric tons were used) only 1,180 metric tons of asbestos were used in 2011. Nevertheless, the number of illnesses, particularly mesothelioma, has not been abated.
The famed Nassau Coliseum on New York's Long Island will soon be losing its only tenant. The New York Islanders of the National Hockey League recently announced that they will be moving to the Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn after their lease expires in 2015.
As we have reported in past posts, demolition projects must be carefully planned and executed so that harmful substances are not carried into the air. Especially when materials containing asbestos are considered, demolition projects can pose a health risk to workers and passersby alike.
A number of states are considering (or have enacted) legislation to change the way mesothelioma cases are litigated. The new proposals are ostensibly based on the desire to make the litigation process more efficient, and to offer more transparency for mesothelioma victims.