Who is At Risk?

Before it was used as a flame retardant, asbestos had been used for many things— its use dates back to nearly 4,500 years ago when its fibers were used to make clothing. It wasn’t until the last two centuries that asbestos became a popular material in modern industry. Asbestos is still used today as a means to insulate pipes and to help prevent and contain the spread of fires. In the early 1900’s, it was discovered that asbestos could be harmful to people who handled or inhaled it, but many companies did not take the proper measures to safeguard their employees or to warn them of its dangers.

World War II

Asbestos played a large part in ship construction during World War II because of its ability to contain fires. It was used in almost every component of warships and was intended to save lives. It was then used in building construction, pipe insulation and even in automotive parts because of its ability to resist flame. A lack of awareness and safety measures that would prevent the inhalation of asbestos is what has resulted in over 730,000 asbestos related lawsuits today, however, and could lead to over 3 million more in the future.

Occupations Most at Risk

Due to its heavy use in building and ship construction, anyone who has worked in a field that is related may have been exposed to dangerous amounts of asbestos fibers. In addition to materials used in construction, asbestos can be found in brake pads, wiring, pipes and ceiling fixtures— putting mechanics, electricians and maintenance workers at heavier risk of exposure. The use of asbestos in the construction of schools may also mean that you could be at risk of asbestos exposure if you’ve been employed at or attended any school prior to the removal of asbestos.

Muscovite AsbestosExamples of occupations that are at the greatest risk of having been exposed to dangerous amounts of asbestos are as follows:

  • Pipefitter
  • Steamfitter
  • Emergency worker
  • Educator
  • Mechanic
  • Sailor
  • Electrician
  • Welder
  • Construction cleanup
  • Iron Worker

Risk to Bystanders

While it is less common, there have been cases of asbestos exposure causing harm to people who have come in contact with heavy amounts of asbestos fibers in the air even though they do not work in an at risk occupation. Examples include students who come in contact with asbestos at their schools, office workers who come in contact with asbestos at their building and family members of those with at risk occupations coming into contact with fibers via the worker’s clothing.

Our team at Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit is committed to identifying the cause of you or your family member’s asbestos related condition and holding the parties that are at fault responsible. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or have lost a family member to this rare illness, contact us today to schedule a free consultation to determine whether you are owed damages. The damages that you are owed and the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit may vary by location, so it is important that you act quickly to make sure you do not miss your opportunity.

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Sources:

http://www.mesothelioma.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesothelioma
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asbestos
http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/asbestos.html