Commonwealth of Massachusetts
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History of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
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In its early days prior to the United States obtaining its independence, Massachusetts was at the center of the revolution. Over 50 years later, Massachusetts was central to another type of revolution – the American Industrial Revolution. New technology and innovation exploded across the country, fueling construction of modern and more efficient factories to produce goods for an exploding American population. The agricultural economy had shifted to one of manufacturing and industry, harnessing water power, steam power, and eventually electricity, to keep factories running. The production most prevalent in Massachusetts consisted of military vessels and armament, textiles, and shoes paper, and tools. These industries began to rapidly decline as manufacturing moved to other parts of the country, and eventually overseas.
Asbestos Use in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Like most other states in the country, Massachusetts provides a plethora of state-run services and owns buildings in which those services are provided. Government administration buildings, courts, law enforcement and civil service buildings, state-run hospitals, public housing, and more, operate under the state’s purview and were constructed by companies hired by the state using taxpayer funds. When considering how long ago the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was founded, how many services it has provided throughout its history, and how many buildings which fall under its control, it comes as no surprise that asbestos likely made its way into many of these facilities.
Until the 1980s, asbestos and materials containing asbestos were used routinely and abundantly in building construction, including cement, electrical wire, plumbing and steam pipes, floor and ceiling tiles, valves, and both interior and exterior insulation. In addition to building materials, asbestos-laden insulation lining had also been present in many turbines and generators, boilers and furnaces, pumps, and other heavy equipment used to keep the day-to-day operations of these buildings running smoothly. Removing and replacing insulation in any of these components during building maintenance disturbed asbestos and released fibers into the air that workers unknowingly inhaled, ingested, and/or got stuck to their clothing or skin. Demolition and construction workers, trades and maintenance workers, engineers, custodial staff, and civilians may have been exposed to asbestos from fibers lingering in the air. Even when facilities make efforts to perform asbestos abatement to remove this material, there is potential for dangerous levels of exposure if not performed properly.
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