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April 2013 Archives

Workers exposed to asbestos during renovation project

Many folks who work in construction understand that there are certain risks they may face on the job that people in other industries do not. They may work in uncomfortable environments or with powerful and dangerous equipment. However, with proper training and protective equipment, workers should be able to stay safe on the job. Unfortunately, too many employers do not take precautions to keep workers safe in an attempt to cut corners and costs. This can be especially true for people working with asbestos.

Contractor exposed to asbestos during construction project

People who work in construction are likely aware of the dangers of asbestos. The dangerous fiber was often used in everything from plumbing to insulation for decades. Many buildings still contain asbestos, and it is considered to be relatively harmless if it is undisturbed. However, construction and demolition projects often kick up this asbestos which is when it can be breathed in by workers. All too often, this exposure ends up causing serious and fatal health problems including mesothelioma.

Managers deny employees were exposed to asbestos in ceiling tiles

For nearly as long as the dangers of asbestos have been known, employers have willfully and knowingly failed to protect employees who work with the toxic fiber. Diseases such as mesothelioma have been directly linked to asbestos. And in many states, claims of mesothelioma are automatically classified as a workplace illness, which generally means that a worker qualifies for workers' compensation benefits.

Widow of mesothelioma victim files wrongful death lawsuit

The toll that asbestos can take on a person's health can be unpredictable. Not every person develops a life-threatening illness from being exposed to asbestos and it can take decades for a person to even start showing symptoms. This is why it is crucial to take swift action against negligent parties when and if a person is diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness.

Electricians, carpenters file lawsuit after exposure to asbestos

There are some jobs in which people work that put them in dangerous situations. One of these dangerous situations is exposure to toxic chemicals and fibers such as asbestos. People who breathe in airborne asbestos can suffer devastating illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Often times, exposure to asbestos happens on the job because it was often used in many building materials and industrial products. It is for this reason that people who are exposed to asbestos often work in certain industries.

Researchers reveal promising results in mesothelioma treatments

One of the worst realizations of being diagnosed with mesothelioma is that it is a very aggressive cancer and it moves very quickly. It is not uncommon for victims to go decades before being diagnosed, which only results in a shorter amount of a time that a person may be able to seek effective treatment for this illness.

Employer slapped with steep fine for asbestos violations

We often read about the sometimes-hefty fines that negligent employers face for violating state and federal laws when it comes to removing and disposing of asbestos. These fines, intended to punish the recklessness of a business owner, may have little effect on the lives that are devastated by the asbestos exposure that is often a consequence of reckless removal practices.

Is asbestos banned in the United States?

There is a general understanding by folks in the United States that if a product is dangerous or hazardous to a person's health, steps will be taken to remove the item from the marketplace. We have seen this before with defective vehicles, dangerous foods and other substances that can jeopardize a person's health.

This week is National Asbestos Awareness Week

Asbestos exposure is something that people are faced with every day. For decades, people have become victims to mesothelioma, asbestosis and other cancers that are linked to asbestos exposure. Often times, this exposure could have been prevented by manufacturers of asbestos products or employers who hire workers to handle asbestos. In either case, there are steps that could be taken to protect people who come into contact with the dangerous fiber but negligent parties fail to do so.

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