Mesothelioma News: Train Crash stirs Asbestos Concerns

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 6:53 am    

Mesothelioma News: Train Crash stirs Asbestos Concerns

A train crash that happened on the 29th of September 2016 killed one and injured more than one hundred passengers. The crash also resulted in the injury of others who were waiting at the train station.  The remains from the crash quickly became a cause for asbestos concerns for investigators. The remains from the crash have attracted not only asbestos concerns but general safety concerns because of the remains. As if this was not enough the remains from the crash made it very hard for investigators to get to the train.

Train Crash causes asbestos concerns

Train Crash causes asbestos concerns


As a result of the crash there were high levels of harmful asbestos in the air. Because of this, it made the job of taking away the crash remains very hard and dangerous. This delayed the federal investigations for more than one week. The further, to delaying the investigation this delayed the getting of important proof from the train. The proof that needed to be taken from the train were event recorders and onboard cameras. This proof would help find out what caused the crash.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration – Asbestos Concerns

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration did thorough monitoring and testing of the train station because of the asbestos concerns. Four days after the Hoboken train crash, air quality levels were said to have been far below what was allowed. As a result workers were unable to start work on the train station. The workers were said to be required to work for eight hour periods each day and the toxins in the air would not allow for that. This was reported by a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board.

In order to allow work to be done a contractor was hired to do tests on air quality. These tests measure the quality of the air and see if the air is good to breathe in. The tests reduce the chances of people being exposed to asbestos fibers.

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