The Breakers Resort, which is located in a high tourism area of Myrtle Beach, SC, is in the process of being demolished to make way for a Marriot hotel and public park.
Asbestos was a common building material prior to 1973 and has gradually been completely eliminated in modern structures. Last year, the registration building was demolished, and no asbestos was found prior to its demolition.
However, in November, DHEC found material that contained asbestos in the huge pile of rubble that the contractor left behind that had been sitting abandoned for months in rainy, windy conditions.
When it came to the attention of the public that the huge pile of rubble at The Breakers contained asbestos, a new contractor was hired.
Richard Eason with the Environmental Services Group is the abatement contractor in charge of the project and told SUN News that he has the job planned to its completion.
After the rubble clean-up, the next and last stage of the demolition is the hotel structure.
In November, DHEC also found asbestos in the joint compound of the upper floors of the structure, which are now being cleared out before the building is demolished.
Licensed asbestos abatement workers have been bagging the contaminated material and putting it into a dumpster with a crane because the elevator is out of order. The debris is scheduled to be carried away by the end of January.
Eason verified that his supervisors and workers are using the correct asbestos PPE, and has been sending them to asbestos training prior to their on-site work.
It is important to remember that Asbestos Awareness training is not enough when workers are actually working with Asbestos.
In both North and South Carolina, workers and supervisors must take accreditation classes, submit proof of the training to the Department of Health and Human Services, and pay a fee to receive that license. In the Carolinas, an asbestos supervisor must always be on site during any projects with asbestos.
Consult the State Asbestos Contacts List to speak with someone about the specific training needs for your state.