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.
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.
Recently twelve cable splicers employed by Nashville Electric Service filed a lawsuit against the utility after it was discovered that they were exposed to high levels of asbestos while removing fireproof wrapping on underground conductors. The men's supervisors had originally told them that the wraps were asbestos-free or contained a safe amount of the substance.
Asbestos in the workplace has affected many different types of workers across the nation. One of the places workers are at risk for coming into contact with the substance on the job is within oil refineries.
Did you know that construction workers are some of those most at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases? Due to the many asbestos hazards they encounter on the job, these workers are more likely to face an asbestosis, mesothelioma, or asbestos-caused lung cancer diagnosis than other blue collar workers.
Do you worry about asbestos exposure at work? Occupational asbestos exposure can occur within many American trades. Whether you are a retired worker or currently employed, there are a few jobs that carry a higher risk than others. Check out our Asbestos at Work infographic to see some of the jobs in which asbestos exposure has been common:
Asbestos is nothing to be messed with. Although the substance was handled in many different trades and used within thousands of products, if the microscopic fibers are inhaled by an individual, deadly diseases can develop over time.