Ypsilanti, Michigan â€“ Students living at Eastern Michigan Universityâ€™s Pittman Hall are worried after finding yellow caution tape near their dorm rooms, indicating the presence of asbestos in the building. Whatâ€™s even more disturbing is that when students inquired over the situation, they were ignored.
When the universityâ€™s Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, Ellen Bernard, was asked about the caution tape, her response was â€œSo? There is asbestos in a whole lot of buildings on this campus.â€
Bernard refused to comment on the issue and walked away from the student who was asking her to provide more information about the situation.
Carly Gantt, a resident at Pittman Hall, explained that she asked two residential advisors in her dorm building about the asbestos and was told to â€œwait it outâ€ and that the issue was on the â€œsame level as not having hot water or heat.â€
As if that wasnâ€™t bad enough, other students were told that â€œasbestos is part of lifeâ€ and they just have to â€œlive with it.â€
Unfortunately, asbestos is not part of life, and being exposed to the harmful mineral can cause several diseases, including the deadly mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest cavities and currently has no cure.
However, students at the university are not naÃ¯ve. They understand the dangers of asbestos as well and are in a rage over the fact that university officials can allow them to be placed in such as hazardous situation.
Allegedly, the incident involves a pipe in the hallway of the dorm which was insulated with asbestos and it seems like officials did not feel it was necessary to inform the students of the asbestos since the pipe was not in direct contact with students.
The university has supposedly hired licensed asbestos removal contractors to get rid of the pipe.
Mesothelioma is a serious cancer and most who are suffering from it were exposed to asbestos against their will and without the proper safety gear. Luckily, there is help for all mesothelioma victims. If you or a loved one are suffering with this cancer, turn to a leading mesothelioma lawyer for help right away.
Mesothelioma attorneys ensure that those responsible for your disease are held liable for their crimes. Your mesothelioma attorney will make sure you obtain the thousands or even millions of dollars in money damages and medical care you deserve and will ensure your rights as an asbestos victim are upheld.
Contact a skilled team of mesothelioma lawyers right now to get started on your case.