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					New York Personal Injury Attorney Urges City to Keep Reducing Asbestos
Exposure
Attorney Joseph W. Belluck of Belluck & Fox LLP says overhaul of NYC asbestos abatement
program marks progress, but more safeguards needed
New York, NY (PRWEB) January 6, 2010 -- New York City needs to continue reducing the risk of exposure to
cancer-causing asbestos until it is non-existent, a New York attorney said.

Attorney Joseph W. Belluck, a partner in Belluck & Fox LLP, a New York law firm that focuses on
representing victims of asbestos-related disease, praised a package of legislation passed by the New York City
Council that overhauls the city’s asbestos abatement procedures. Belluck said the new laws represent an
improvement in construction safety standards.

“The City should continue to adopt measures similar to this until there is zero asbestos exposure to firefighters,
construction workers and residents of New York,” Belluck said.

The legislation, signed into law last month by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, established a permit
program for asbestos abatement activities, enhanced asbestos cleanup safeguards, prohibited smoking in any
part of a building where asbestos abatement is occurring and barred simultaneous asbestos abatement and
demolition activities in the same building.

All asbestos fibers must be carefully contained and removed before a building is demolished because asbestos
dust, if stirred up, can be inhaled and cause serious respiratory disease including mesothelioma, a cancer of the
lining of lungs or abdomen.

The package of legislative measures stemmed from a review panel’s recommendations after a fire at the former
Deutsche Bank tower in August 2007 left two New York City firefighters dead. Workers were removing
asbestos from the building and demolishing it floor by floor when the fire occurred. A construction worker’s
cigarette ignited the blaze. The simultaneous abatement and demolition activities in the building hampered
firefighters’ efforts to fight the blaze.

Asbestos use is no longer prevalent, but houses and buildings in New York and throughout the U.S. still have
large amounts of asbestos materials and insulation that will eventually have to be removed. Health officials
estimate that 1.3 million construction and general industry workers are exposed to asbestos and one of the most
common ways is during asbestos removal activities if the dangerous substance is not handled properly.

About Belluck & Fox, LLP

Belluck & Fox LLP is a nationally recognized law firm that represents individuals with asbestos and
mesothelioma claims, as well as victims of crime, medical malpractice, motorcycle crashes, lead paint and other
serious injuries. The firm has won more than $200 million in compensation for its clients and their families.

Partner Jordan Fox is a well-known asbestos and mesothelioma attorney who has been named to the Best
Lawyers in America, New York Magazine’s “the Best Lawyers in the New York Area” and to Super Lawyers.
On two separate occasions his verdicts were featured as the National Law Journal’s Largest Verdict of the Year.



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Partner Joseph W. Belluck is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in New York Magazine’s “The Best
Lawyers in the New York Area” and in Super Lawyers. Mr. Belluck has won numerous cases involving injuries
from asbestos, defective medical products, tobacco and lead paint, including an asbestos case that settled for
more than $12 million.

For more information, contact the firm at 877-695-2909 or through the online contact form.

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Joseph W. Belluck
Belluck & Fox, LLP
http://www.belluckfox.com/
212-681-1575

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http://www.consultwebs.com/
919.880.1748


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