Florida man, distraught over father’s asbestos-related death, scales tower

27 Nov 2018 by under News

Asbestos hazard sign 100x100 Florida man, distraught over fathers asbestos related death, scales towerA Florida man appeared in court this week to explain the reason why he climbed a 200-foot tower, using a rope to shimmy higher in order to stretch out on a platform as his family looked on. He said he did it because he was distraught about the death of his father due to asbestos exposure. His father had allegedly been exposed to the carcinogenic mineral in the building materials he worked with.

“Knowing that they were killing people by and we’re in court and we’re trying to win the case,” said Pablo Torres, 58, about why he spent six hours on the tower as police tried to negotiate with him to get him down. Torres said his family had filed a lawsuit against the companies that exposed his father to . But that apparently wasn’t enough to ease his pain.

Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used in construction, shipbuilding and friction materials because of its strength and fire resistance. Its use was restricted in the 1980s. By then, it had been known for decades that the microscopic fibers of asbestos can go airborne and be inhaled or ingested, which can lead to the incurable lung ailment asbestosis, lung cancer and , a rare but aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining that encases the lungs and other internal organs.

Asbestos-related diseases can take up to five decades to develop. Once diagnosed, they can kill within a year or two.

The judge had mercy on Torres, releasing him on recognizance and without bond. But, he was ordered back to court next week to face charges on burglary and resisting arrest.

Source: WPTV

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