Due to asbestos use in classrooms across the country, teachers are at risk for being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma, today. Used extensively throughout the 20th century, asbestos was worked into insulation, pipe wrap, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, coatings, roof shingles and drywall in school buildings.
As we celebrate Labor Day and the workers that have made this country into what it is today, we also remember the dangers they have faced in the workplace throughout the decades. Asbestos is a microscopic, silent killer that has affected workers in many different occupations. Most of those who have been exposed to asbestos have experienced exposure in an industrial environment.
In Monday's post, we mentioned a few occupations at high risk for asbestos exposure on the job. One we did not mention that is mining. Miners face exposure at work mostly because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found within the earth. They can be exposed while mining for asbestos itself, or other substances underground.
It is a fact that electricians often face asbestos exposure on the job, which can lead to fatal diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis. That is why the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has created rules and regulations regarding the handling of the substance while on the job.
Did you know that firefighters are some of those most at risk for developing the fatal cancer, mesothelioma? Although firefighters do not often handle asbestos - the only known cause of mesothelioma - they can be exposed when fighting fires in older homes containing asbestos materials and products.
Do you believe your employer is keeping you safe while you are on the job? Even though OSHA has strict rules and regulations requiring employers to keep workers safe from toxic substances like asbestos, many companies fail to do so. When this happens, workers' compensation laws can help employees recover lost wages, expenses for medical bills, and more.
If you have worked as a drywaller, you should be aware that your risk for a mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease diagnosis is high. This is because products used in applying drywall contained asbestos until 1978.
In a lawsuit against dozens of companies, an Illinois couple wants to see those responsible for the husband's asbestos-caused lung cancer held accountable for their negligence.
Some of those most at risk of developing mesothelioma in their lifetime are workers in "blue collar" positions. Blue collar workers are working class people who perform manual labor. Because these workers spent so much time around asbestos-containing materials and products, they are more likely to have experienced prolonged exposure to the substance, especially before it was declared a health hazard by the Environmental Protection Agency.