Archive for December 10th, 2008

“Our house didn’t have asbestos.”

“The asbestos is only in the floor tile, used for insulation from the radiant heat.”

“They only put those asbestos stickers on those houses to keep people out.”

“Those early asbestos testing crews are a joke.  They’re just getting paid to raid the houses.”

I heard it all, but it all sounded so reassuring… that there was little to no asbestos blowing around in Carrollton and I was fairly safe wandering around the homes of Carrollton taking pictures.

Then, work completely stopped in Carrollton from March 08 until late November 08.   When work began, they started a labor-intensive stripping down of the homes along Pont Ave. to the wood 2×4 studs.   This was done painstakingly slow, home by home, one at a time.   Only 6 houses were cleared down to the studs in this fashion eating much of the time in the last three weeks.  Houses were sealed in plastic and taped off in every possible air duct to the outside world.  Workers wore an incredible amount of protective gear.   The amount of plastic used made these homes appear scarier than the house at the end of E.T.

New asbestos abatement

The problem is, I went through every one of those houses without my own spacewoman suit, without any plastic coating and masks, taking my photos as they were.   I didn’t linger long inside any one place, but why didn’t Lambert do this kind of clean asbestos removal before if the problem is so bad?   None of the other houses had this kind of intense asbestos removal, but now that Lambert lost a lawsuit, they are suddenly concerned for the environment and people around the buildings?

So the two big questions now are:

  • Why were the houses left completely unlocked, open and vacant for years with so many people hanging out, playing around when there is a potential for danger?
  • So what is going to happen to all those demolition workers, the vandals, the curious onlookers like me who were near those houses in disrepair with no protection?

I stood outside my own home’s demolition and breathed in the dust of my bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and more.   Later, I photographed and filmed a number of demolitions in the neighborhood.  Is it going to kill me?   What about the workers?   What about my friends of Jones’ Demolition?   Those poor guys didn’t have much protection and they took down probably over a third of Carrollton.  Those gentlemen told me that Carrollton is where they spent the better part of their days for the past 15 years.  When they were taking down the houses, they were told to use water to keep the dust down.  I’m not exactly sure if they were told exactly what was in that dust that was needed to be watered down.  They didn’t wear respirators when I saw them working.   What will happen to them?   Why now is asbestos only now a major problem when EVERY home in Carrollton was built by Fischer and Frichtel at the same time with the same materials, and nothing was done to contain it for FIFTEEN YEARS? (more…)

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