City Closes Building in Old Yakima Hotel Due to Asbestos Hazards

City Closes Building in Old Yakima Hotel Due to Asbestos Hazards

January 25, 2010 - In a December inspection, officials from Washington's Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority confirmed asbestos in the ceiling coating of one of the buildings at the Tourist Motel. The building also had significant toxic mold issues, with mushrooms growing from the carpet from a severe leak in the roof. While other code violations where found, none posed the same level of danger as the asbestos ceiling coating. Before the building can be re-opened, property owners must properly remove the asbestos from the ceiling and remediate the mold problem before tenants can resume use.

Washington Shipyards, Another Point of Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is not limited to use in building materials-shipyard workers are candidates for asbestos exposure due to large amounts of asbestos used as insulation within cargo and Navy ships. Depending the ship's age, asbestos may have been used to insulate the boilers and steam lines, wrap electrical wiring or in gasket materials. If asbestos is not handled, sealed or contained properly, shipyard workers are at high risk for exposure as asbestos can become airborne if disturbed during routine maintenance or removal. More information can be found at shipyards and asbestos exposure.

Unfortunately for shipyard crews, before 1970 there was limited communication of the danger of airborne asbestos and levels were unregulated-endangering the health of unsuspecting workers. As a result, shipyard workers have a high incidence of asbestos related lung diseases like asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma. Regulation of asbestos exposure by OSHA starting in the 1970 has helped limit the potential for exposure, but other industrial jobs have shown incidence of asbestos diseases at lower exposures.

Asbestos Exposure is a Serious Matter

Those exposed to asbestos may not see any negative health effects for 20 years or more-asbestos diseases have a long latency period after first exposure. For those that know they have worked with asbestos at some point without proper protections, monitoring lung health is of great importance. For those experiencing breathing trouble due to asbestos exposure, we encourage you to be evaluated by your doctor and have your condition monitored. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos disease, a consultation with an asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys familiar with Washington law is important to educate you on your legal rights.