North Carolina office building closed down over asbestos concernsAn office building in Lincoln County, North Carolina, was closed down on June 8 due to concerns over asbestos and lead paint inside the structure, reports local television station WSOC.
According to the news source, officials locked the public works facility after paint samples were reportedly tested for hazardous materials. The media outlet reported that paint chips can be seen on the floor and hanging from the walls inside the building.
The asbestos and lead paint concerns have forced employees to work out of a storage building that is without power and does not have a bathroom, according to WSOC. Local residents, including Cathy Tolliver, said that the discovery of hazardous materials hardly came as a surprise.
"They should've checked it a long time ago in my opinion," Tolliver told the news source.
The dangers of asbestos have been well-documented, as the inhalation of the carcinogenic mineral fibers has been linked to the development of asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that attacks the tissues surrounding a majority of the body's internal organs.
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