There are many occupations in which the risk for asbestos exposure is high, and they all seem to have one thing in common: blue-collar workers. Those with occupations involving manual labor are at much higher risk for developing an asbestos-related disease due to occupational exposure than workers in other fields. But why?
Did you know that, every year, about 3,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer? Mesothelioma is a rare and incurable disease that develops after exposure to asbestos. Once asbestos is inhaled or swallowed by an individual, the microscopic fibers are able to penetrate different areas of the body, which can lead to the development of fatal tumors over time.
Did you know that 30% of mesothelioma patients are military veterans who were exposed to asbestos during their time of service? Asbestos was used extensively within all branches of the U.S. military. Find out more in this infographic:
This Memorial Day, we would like to take some time to recognize all of our United States veterans and the dangerous situations they have all been through. Every branch of the military fought under tough conditions - on land, sea, and as well as in the air. Memorial Day gives us the chance to acknowledge all of the soldiers that gave their lives for our country.
Out of all the branches within the United States military, it is Navy veterans that have been most affected by asbestos exposure during service. Naval ships were built with asbestos materials that soldiers and seamen were constantly exposed to.
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.
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We know that many workers in the United States are still exposed to asbestos in the workplace today, but you never expect high school students to be the victims. In what the U.S. District Attorney labeled "reckless," two men have been found guilty of exposing high school students to asbestos-containing materials under the guise of work experience and job training programs.
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:
It is always heartbreaking to hear about a worker being diagnosed with mesothelioma. After so many years of loyal service to an employer, their hard work is ultimately paid back not with a pension or early retirement, but with a painful death sentence.