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There seems to be something intrinsic about certain types of asbestos, blue asbestos in particular, that elicits a unique signal, and it triggers inflammation, the formation of pre-malignant cells and, ultimately, cancer," added Lower, also a faculty member in the School of Environment and Natural Resources.
A concerned reader contacted the ECHO claiming blue asbestos had been used in the tower's construction.
Though not as lethal as blue asbestos, exposure to airborne white asbestos eventually causes scarring of the lungs, leading to impaired breathing and early death.
In the Seventies there was an operation supposedly getting rid of the blue asbestos.
Other types include crocidolite, or blue asbestos, and amosite, or brown asbestos.
Today, the firm is also recognizing over 250 employees that have worked on asbestos cases over the past three decades with blue asbestos awareness wristbands and will make a donation to a local not-for-profit organization in honor and memory of its 41,000 asbestos clients.
Family solicitor Hayley Hill, from Irwin Mitchell, said: "We do know from a number of previous successful claims we have brought against this company that during the time Victor worked there, Metro Cammell used blue asbestos to insulate carriages.
Andrew Murphy, managing director of Boss Training, said: "Because the use of brown and blue asbestos was only banned in 1985 and white asbestos as late as 1999, there are still many buildings which were built prior to those dates where asbestos can be found.
Two of these are the most commercially valuable forms: amosite, or brown asbestos, and crocidolite, or blue asbestos.
His widow Marjorie said: "The exposure to blue asbestos was something Fred never spoke about to me.
The head teacher stayed strangely tightlipped when blue asbestos was discovered at the school.
The fibres from brown and blue asbestos remain in the lungs and do damage.