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Were Nashville Electric Workers Exposed to Asbestos?

According to WZTV-TV, Nashville Electric Service has been accused of exposing workers to asbestos in a lawsuit filed against the company. The station reported that attorneys for NES are attempting to dismiss the case, arguing that public utility companies should be treated like government entities, thus making them immune from litigation under the Tennessee Worker’s Compensation Act. The lawsuit alleges that in 2014, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) issued NES 17 violations for exposing workers to asbestos. “Our inspection documented that NES knew that there was potentially asbestos fibers present and they had relied on some sampling that was incomplete,” a TOSHA administrator said, according to WZTV. The exposure allegedly came as workers were splicing underground cables, as NES reportedly did not provide them with “half-mask air purifying respirators” and other safety devices used when dealing with asbestos abatement. In the lawsuit, employees are seeking damages for…
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Is There Asbestos in My Child’s Toys?

If your children have toys or crayons at home, you may want to check to make sure that they have not been linked to asbestos. According to CNN, the EWG Action Fund, a consumer protection group, has reported that four boxes of crayons it tested came back positive for traces of asbestos. Additionally, asbestos was allegedly found in two toy crime lab kits by the group. Sadly, asbestos exposure has been linked to respiratory illnesses including lung disease, lung cancer and mesothelioma. CNN reported that the crayons that tested positive for asbestos included Amscan Crayons purchased at Party City, and Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crayons and Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce boxes purchased at Dollar Tree. Additionally, the EWG reported that asbestos was found in “black fingerprint powder in the Edu Science Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit, purchased at ToysRUs.com, and the white fingerprint powder from…
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