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Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace
Asbestos was an extremely common substance used in American manufacturing and industrialization throughout the twentieth century. Despite increasing scientific and medical warnings concerning human exposure to asbestos in the workplace, many companies paid no heed to the alarms that many were sounding about the substance. It wasn’t until legislation passed through congress in 1970 that legal regulation of asbestos exposure began to attempt to protect workers from its dangers. The new law prohibited employers and companies selling asbestos products from knowingly subjecting workers to asbestos and other substances known to cause physical harm.
Unfortunately, many companies overlooked the regulation and continued with the use of asbestos. Still today, Americans are feeling the effects of negligent asbestos use. Approximately 3,000 people per year find out that they have mesothelioma and even more find out they have asbestos-related lung cancer. There is no way of knowing each and every occupation that involved asbestos exposure, but construction workers, shipyard workers, Navy servicemen, vehicle mechanics, engineers, and railroad workers are among the hundreds (if not thousands) of professions who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace.
Non-Trade Related Mesothelioma
Workers aren’t the only ones with a possibility of developing asbestos-related mesothelioma. Asbestos fibers were used in all types of products for many years, including cosmetics and heat appliances. Not even children were spared from its effects, as many schools that were built presented asbestos health hazards to occupants.
Furthermore, the tiny fibers that asbestos is made of are capable of traveling from one location to another, meaning a worker can take asbestos exposure hazards home on their clothing to a spouse, children and the family pet. The asbestos can remain in the lungs for years, eventually causing mesothelioma.
Contact us today for information regarding exposure to asbestos and one of our mesothelioma attorneys will help you explore your options.