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Asbestos in Ingram: The Local Risks

Asbestos in Ingram: The Local Risks

Residents of Ingram, a small borough located just four miles west of Pittsburgh, recently experienced an asbestos exposure scare. When an apartment owner renovated his building, a local man noticed a beige-colored shingle he immediately identified as asbestos.

The owner of the complex didn’t bother to have the property inspected before construction began, thus exposing the workers to the dangerous effects of the fibrous carcinogen.

The Allegheny County Health Department considers the presence of asbestos at more than one percent high, and after analysis determined the shingles presented from the site consisted of 30 percent asbestos.

More than 30 years ago, asbestos use became more and more limited in construction use due to its dangerous effects. Unfortunately, many homes and businesses built before the mid 1970s may contain the cancer-causing substance and any renovations or demolitions can put you or your family at risk.

If you are renovating an old house or building, take the proper precautions if you encounter asbestos. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with lung cancer, mesothelioma, colon cancer or throat cancer and you worked with or around asbestos through the 1970s, please call us. We can most likely help.

Footnotes:

Kaminski, R. (2014). Test results show dangerous asbestos in Ingram; Worked stopped at Ingram construction site for asbestos testing. WPXI Channel 11. Retrieved from http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/test-results-show-dangerous-asbestos-ingram/nd93k/ and http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/work-stopped-ingram-construction-site-asbestos-tes/nd7y5/