Although asbestos is illegal in our country, it can still be discovered in thousands of structures. Building materials are disrupted during demolition work. Crushed, knocked down, and destroyed This is the type of work that causes asbestos fibers to be released into the environment.
After the World Trade Center attacks and the Twin Towers collapse in New York on September 11, 2001, no other example exposes the dangers of asbestos exposure during demolition quite like this one does.
The death toll continues to grow now, several years after the strike that murdered thousands of innocent civilians. Why? Because the hundreds of tons of asbestos-containing materials used in the building of the towers were among the poisonous gases and dust that flooded the air of New York after the towers collapsed.
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Asbestos fibres are known to cause lung cancer and other serious illnesses. Many first responders are already displaying signs, despite the fact that the disease can take decades to develop. Toxins they breathed while working at the attack sites have caused diseases in 176 firefighter deaths, 136 police officers, and 15 FBI agents, CNN reports.
The destruction of the Twin Towers was not premeditated, of course. Asbestos was not being removed by a licensed contractor under control methods to minimize exposure risks. This does, however, demonstrate the need of planning the destruction of structures, taking asbestos exposure into account, and, most importantly, minimizing it. Although asbestos-containing materials have been removed from many buildings, certain asbestos-containing elements still persist in the building fabric. As a fire and heat prevention measure, it may be sprayed over steel. Partitions and cladding are made of it. Cement products and loose insulation contain the substance. In coatings and paints with textured surface. Even bath panels and toilet seats are made of this material, which is quite durable.
In the course of demolition, asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, posing a risk. Asbestos fibres become airborne when asbestos-containing materials are destroyed and can be breathed as a result. Exposed individuals to asbestos are at risk for significant health problems, and are often fatally affected. Asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, and diffuse pleural thickening are the four major illnesses induced by asbestos (debilitating).
In the United States, asbestos exposure is responsible for around 14,000 fatalities per year. As a result, there have been more road fatalities than there have been pedestrian deaths. When it comes to asbestos, you don’t always know if you’ve been exposed to it. Everyone knows when they’ve cut themselves. You may not be aware that you have inhaled asbestos fibers for over 20 years.
Exposure occurred decades ago for many of those who die today. Those who are now exposed to asbestos are unlikely to acquire asbestos-related illnesses until at least the next 10 years after their exposure. It’s painful, sluggish, and virtually usually deadly by the time it’s fully developed.
There are no visible asbestos fibers either. Asbestos dust appears like any other type of dust. Construction materials that include asbestos have a similar appearance to other building materials. Your future self and family can only be protected via prevention. What products contain asbestos? And what measures should you take? In order to identify asbestos, you must conduct a survey. In a laboratory, asbestos fibres may be detected.
Returning to the World Trade Center, the Health Registry believes that 410,000 individuals were exposed to asbestos as a result of the unintentional collapse. This includes survivors, rescue personnel, those who were in New York on 9/11, and those involved in the recovery and cleanup efforts.
Given that asbestos-related diseases typically take 20-50 years to manifest symptoms, we may expect a substantial number of asbestos-related ailments to emerge in the coming decades as a result of the Trade Center collapse.
This demonstrates the enormous harm that may be done if demolition work is not planned to account for the danger of asbestos exposure.