Collapsed church ceiling tests positive for asbestosWhen the ceiling of a North Carolina church collapsed during a Sunday service earlier this month the danger didn't go away when the rubble was removed and injured parishioners were treated for minor injuries. Testing has revealed that the collapsed ceiling contains asbestos.
The ceiling of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Hickory, North Carolina, collapsed on June 13, injuring 12 church goers, reports the Hickory Daily Record. Church leaders wisely had the material tested and asbestos was found to be present.
According to Joel Herman, the interim chief of building services in Catawba County, the church's entire ceiling will have to be removed and replaced. This will hopefully prevent any parishioners from developing an asbestos-related disease, like malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis. Currently, no one is allowed in either the upstairs portion of the church or the facility's basement.
Herman said that ceiling collapses such as this one happen from time-to-time.
"It looked like it didn't happen overnight," he told the news source. "Plaster ceilings do this sometimes. They start bowing, and then they let loose."
The World Health Organization estimates that 90,000 people die each year from asbestos-related illnesses.
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