Did you know that miners are some of those most at risk for developing an asbestos-related disease, like mesothelioma, in their lifetime? Whether they were mining asbestos or another naturally-occurring mineral within the earth, asbestos exposure is not uncommon in the mining industry.
Obviously, asbestos miners came into contact with asbestos. Not only did they handle asbestos in its most dangerous state, but they did so in confined spaces with poor ventilation. While there are no asbestos mines currently functioning in the United States, some of those who mined asbestos in the past are beginning to experiencing the effects today, due to long latency periods of asbestos-related diseases.
Those that mine talc or previously worked in talc mines are also at risk for asbestos exposure on the job. Many talc mines have veins of asbestos present alongside veins of talc, making it easy for asbestos to be harvested simultaneously with the talc. Workers who encountered asbestos-contaminated talc breathed in asbestos dust, which could lead to mesothelioma ten to seventy years later.
Vermiculite, another naturally-occurring mineral, was mined extensively in the past for use in housing insulation. Like talc mines, vermiculite mines have also been known to be contaminated with asbestos. Those that worked in vermiculite mines are at high risk for developing mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos.
If you or a loved one believes your mesothelioma diagnosis is due to your work as a miner, do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced mesothelioma attorney today.