An asbestos abatement project at a former factor site in West Virginia has resumed after it was put on hold for around eight months. The abatement work was being carried out at the former Fostoria Glass Factory, which finally closed in doors in the mid 1980s.

The factor was then purchased by the city with an aim to develop it into something more useful, before plans were then made to demolish the factor and build something else on the site such as a retail site that could benefit the community.

However, while demolition work was being carried out a number of areas in the factor were found to contain asbestos, and this resulted in the demolition being brought to a halt. City officials have now said that clean up work is being carried out at the site so that the scheduled works can continue.

According to builders that are working at the site the asbestos materials that need to be removed from the site have come from collapsed roofing as well as from insulation. All asbestos will have to be removed before demolition at the site can continue.

Exposure to airborne asbestos dust and fibers can result in a range of health problems, including the deadly asbestos related cancer known as mesothelioma.

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