February 27, 2015 – The National Demolition and Recycling Company of Hamilton Township, New Jersey recently withdrew their bid to demolish 531 buildings in Camden amid concerns regarding asbestos removal, disposal, and liability. According to a recent article published in the Courier Post, the contractor claims that the city of Camden did not properly assess the costs involved with the demolition project and failed to make clear that the contractor would be liable for all claims related to the project.
National agreed to take down the city’s abandoned and dilapidated buildings for $6,809,860 which included removal of the debris. After another contractor became aware of possible asbestos present in buildings demolished during an initial phase of the project, National argued that the additional costs to properly raze the buildings and dispose of the asbestos containing debris would far exceed their original bid. National also claims that the city changed some language in their contract that would make the company liable for any and all claims made.
The demolition project has already left many Camden City residents exposed to asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. When the initial contractor began demolition of the first 62 buildings, they became aware that asbestos could be present. Demolition and clean up of the first building stopped for a period of one month, with the potentially deadly rubble sitting out in the open on a Camden City lot, exposing neighbors and all who passed by to deadly asbestos fibers.
Proper Asbestos Removal and Remediation
Proper asbestos demolition requires contractors to wear safety equipment that includes masks and protective clothing. The site to be demolished needs to be marked as dangerous, wet down prior to any disturbance to the site, demolished in a way that minimizes disruption to asbestos-containing materials, wetting and covering the debris with tarps, and making sure the debris is quickly and properly disposed of to limit environmental asbestos exposure and contamination.
The costs involved in proper asbestos abatement procedures are much higher than non-contaminated sites, and take a greater amount of time to implement properly. Exposure to toxic asbestos fibers that become airborne lead to lung diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Once inhaled, the asbestos fibers become deeply imbedded in the lining of the lung tissue and can lay dormant for a period of up to 50 years before the deadly cancer is detected. Once a mesothelioma diagnosis is confirmed, the prognosis is grim and victims usually succumb to the disease within 12-18 months. Construction, manufacturing, and other worksites are commonly at risk for asbestos exposure, and the risk of contamination increases exponentially when proper protocols are not followed.
New Jersey Mesothelioma Lawyers at Shein Law Represent Victims of Asbestos Exposure due to Improper Demolition
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