There are many occupations at risk for exposure to asbestos on the job. Exposure to asbestos at work occurs mostly within blue collar trades, and some of those most at risk for exposure at work include electricians.
Many people do not know that asbestos was used as an insulator in wiring, as well as in arc chutes/phase barriers found in switchgear of residential and commercial buildings.
The walls, ceilings, and tight spaces that electricians worked in and around also contained asbestos fibers, increasing the risk for exposure. While asbestos use within these materials has ceased over the years, electricians that work in older homes and buildings are still at risk today.
Although the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has put strict rules and regulations in place to reduce exposure on the job, many employers of electricians fail to keep their workers safe, every day.
As the result of exposure, hundreds of thousands of individuals each year are diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. If you are an electrician and have developed an asbestos-related disease, you might be entitled to monetary compensation for your illness.
See our Electricians page for more information on drywallers and exposure on the job.