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.
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.
If you are an electrician, hopefully your employer has warned you about the dangers of working with wiring within older residential and commercial structures. Precautions need to be taken when working with older wiring systems because they are likely to be insulated with asbestos-containing materials.
Many of us had this past Monday off of work, in honor of Labor Day. This holiday has been celebrated for over 100 years and is a continual reminder of the hard work, dedication, and strength of our nation.
Despite asbestos companies' denial that their products could cause serious harm within the human body in the past, many judges today are finding them guilty of knowingly allowing workers to handle a substance that would later lead to debilitating diseases like mesothelioma. Recently, a New York jury awarded plaintiffs a $25 million verdict against Crane Company for the past pain and suffering of two electricians and mesothelioma victims.
There is no doubt that asbestos exposure took place at the workplace of many American citizens. Auto mechanics, construction workers, and firefighters have all been at high risk of coming into contact with the substance in the past, and present day electricians are also at risk for asbestos-related diseases caused by exposure on the job.