This story came out yesterday here in Des Moines, and it's very important for workers in any profession to be aware about.
A federal agency is investigating complaints from crews renovating the Equitable Building that work conditions could prove hazardous for them.
The Equitable Building, a 19-story building at the center of Sixth Street and Locust is on the verge of rehabilitation.
John Webber, a plaster and cement mason, started work on the building Feb. 8th.
Webber said he first realized the construction site could be hazardous when he noticed dust buildup on the floor.
While plastering on the 11th floor Webber noticed no sweeping compound -- an oil or wax-based spread that minimizes dust buildup.
Webber fears what is in the dust may pose a danger to workers' respiratory systems.
"Concrete, if it's fractured, releases silica, which has been known to be a carcinogen," said Webber. "The asbestos of the Equitable Building was a job that was an asbestos-removal abatement job."
KCCI learned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating air quality issues at Equitable. OSHA representatives conducted an inspection in late February.
Do you feel that your health has been affected due to the working conditions at your office, job site, or company? It's a very real concern, and can lead to future health issues. These issues could include respiratory problems, heart issues, and a variety of others.
If this sounds familiar to you, then you need to call Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485. We have dealt with cases like this in the past, and have clients who will tell you that coming to us was the best thing they could have done. They received full and rightful compensation, and we can do the same for you!