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.
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.
Many people know that firefighters are battling fire and smoke when they are called to a house or structure fire, but many do not stop to think about the dangerous toxins that are released into the air. Asbestos is just one of the hazardous substances used to build homes and commercial building throughout the United States, putting firefighters at risk every time they are called to a jobsite.
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.
Railroad workers are at serious risk for developing mesothelioma due to exposure in the workplace. Railroad companies used asbestos insulation on mains, pipes, boilers, brakes, gaskets and in the electrical and heat insulation in the walls, ceiling, and flooring of railroad cars. Workers who installed, repaired, and worked around these products and materials are likely to have come into contact with asbestos fibers while on the job.
Do you work in one of the blue collar trades listed on our website? If so, you could be at risk for developing a fatal asbestos-related disease due to exposure on the job. Throughout the twentieth century, workers have been exposed to hazardous amounts of asbestos while at work.
Employers in the United States are required by law to inform workers about the presence of asbestos and train them to properly handle asbestos-containing materials. Regardless, licensed and unlicensed individuals are exposed to the substance on the job, every day.
Automobile mechanics are just one example of workers at risk for asbestos-related diseases due to exposure on the job.
Recently, real estate renovators in Texas were cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing workers to asbestos at a San Antonio worksite.