According to a government report that we blogged about earlier this month, maintenance workers have a greater risk of contracting mesothelioma from older asbestos containing products than employees in other professions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that, “current exposures to commercial asbestos in the United States occur predominantly during maintenance operations and remediation of older buildings containing asbestos.”
These jobs include activities where workers are around products used as insulators in buildings and roofing products, wallboards, paint and concrete. The CDC report indicates that number of deaths nationally from malignant mesothelioma increased from 2,479 in 1999 to 2,597 in 2015.
Of 23 states studied, more than 96 percent of mesothelioma-linked deaths were among workers in industrial occupations such as insulation, pipefitting, steam fitting and plumbing. To view the CDC report, you can click here.
Asbestos Exposure Should Be Taken Seriously
Because of its dangers, in the 1970s, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned it in many consumer products, although the it remains in many older items that are abated in buildings such as flooring, spackling compounds, tape joint compounds and others mixtures used by maintenance workers.
This is why employers have a duty to keep workers safe from asbestos exposure. There are methods approved to handle and remove asbestos products from worksites—if an employer fails to adhere to rules in handling, it can face stiff consequences including fines and lawsuits.
Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with cancer and you believe it was the result of asbestos exposure at work. We can investigate your case and possibly obtain compensation for you that can help pay for treatment.
Call (800) 637-6347 today or fill out our online case review form.
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