In Pensacola, Florida, a robot is being used to remove asbestos from the former Pensacola News Journal building before it is demolished. While the robot takes just as much time and money as manually removing the asbestos, it is both more environmentally friendly and safer for workers involved with the demolition.
The robot blasts off the asbestos-containing stucco facades on the sides of the building with high pressure water, and then vacuums it up via a hose connected to the bottom of the machine.
Asbestos, which was widely used in commercial and residential building materials during the 20th century, is known to cause rare and fatal respiratory conditions including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Special precautions must be taken if the substance is found to be present during the renovation or demolition of an older structure.
Since the robot cannot reach the tops and bottoms of the facades, manual removal is still required, but the possibility of exposure is minimized for workers, since the robot is doing most of the work for them.
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Source: Pensacola News Journal