March 19, 2019

Asbestos workers at Ellet High cause concerns

AKRON, Ohio – A photo of a worker wearing a mask and a hazardous-material suit inside Ellet High School caused some concerns on social media.

The picture above was sent to us from a woman who said she is a parent of an Ellet High School student.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the high school community was worried the students may be sitting in asbestos-filled classrooms.

The picture was taken from the hallway by an unidentified Ellet High School student who captured a worker opening a door where loose classroom ceiling tiles had been removed, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

The Akron Beacon Journal spoke to school officials who said the tiles had been in place for years by plaster containing asbestos. Anything over 1 percent asbestos is regulated.

Rob Boxler, the environmental safety manager for Akron Public Schools, told the Akron Beacon Journal tiles or plaster had been removed from three rooms and students were not in the rooms as workers removed the asbestos.

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Asbestos workers at Ellet High cause concerns