Veterans of the U.S. Navy put their lives on the line for this country during their service. Sadly, many of them are now suffering from serious health complications that are putting their lives in danger once again. One such condition that many veterans are at a particularly high risk of developing is an asbestos-related illness.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, asbestos is defined as being "naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion." Due to the accessibility and durability of asbestos, materials containing the minerals were and continue to be used in many building and automotive materials. As people became aware of the dangers related to the exposure and inhalation of asbestos, federal agencies such as OSHA took steps to protect workers.
Many people who have heard of asbestos are likely aware that it is dangerous and can cause serious health problems for the people exposed to it. Most commonly, people are more familiar with lung cancer and mesothelioma. While it is important to know about these types of cancer, there is also another serious illness that can also be caused by asbestos.
The dangers of asbestos have been known for several years. We know that being exposed to asbestos can cause devastating and permanent damage to a person's health, as it is linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma. But residents of an apartment complex are also learning that exposure to asbestos can also result in other upsetting damages.
People who have heard of asbestos generally associate the toxic fiber with industrial machines, construction jobs and military vessels. It is true that these are just a few of the environments in which asbestos was commonly used and can still be found today. However, people may be surprised to learn that asbestos still lurks in places that many of us visit on a regular basis.
Workers typically report for work daily with an understanding of any dangers they could face. However, as medical technology improves, more information is surfacing regarding the causes of mesothelioma. North Carolina residents who are suffering with this condition or feel they have been subjected to asbestos which can cause this disease may take a particular interest in a recent case.
Even though asbestos has been known to be dangerous for a long time, it took decades before it was finally banned for use in building materials. Unfortunately, many people who worked on construction sites in North Carolina before asbestos was banned may still experience illness or injury, as it sometimes takes decades for the effects of exposure to appear. In a lawsuit recently filed out of state, a former construction worker and his wife are suing 55 companies, blaming them for the asbestos exposure that resulted in his lung cancer diagnosis in 2011.
Many people in North Carolina and around the region know by now that asbestos is an unsafe product that can cause lung cancer and other very serious conditions. Some of these illnesses can even lead to death. It is therefore unfortunate and disturbing when a company, knowing this, still insists on having its employees remove material containing asbestos. It is even more disturbing when this is done intentionally and in light of allegations of pure financial gain for the company.
When an employer knows that the work they are having an employee do could bring the employee into contact with asbestos, it is incredibly important for the employer to do everything they can to protect their employee's health and safety. This includes providing their employee with proper safety training and all necessary protective equipment.