Careers in construction are some of the most hazardous jobs in the country and 17% of construction related injuries are the result of toxic chemicals. Despite common belief, asbestos is still legal for use in many materials that construction workers handle and prolonged exposure to its dust and fibers can cause serious health concerns later on in life such as the development of mesothelioma. Even those that do not directly handle materials containing asbestos may be at work if other workers contaminate the air while installing or working with items that contain it. Employers are responsible for providing a safe work environment, making them liable for any asbestos related health concerns that employees must face.
Asbestos is found in many of the materials that workers use to construct homes. Pipes, drywall, roofing, ceiling tiles, electrical wire and insulation all contain varying amounts of asbestos. 1.3 million construction workers are exposed to asbestos laced products each year while on the job and many of them are unaware that they are inhaling the dust or fibers because of the false assumption that asbestos has been banned from new construction projects. While it is true that the amount of asbestos found in newer materials has diminished, it is still present and inhaling asbestos dust has dire consequences to one’s health.
Iron workers are exposed to asbestos not only because of the work they perform but because they are often exposed to dust thrown into the air by other workers around them. Slate board contains large amounts of asbestos and I-beams were coated with it in order to prevent and contain fires. As a result of working around the dust that other tradespeople kick up into the air, iron workers may inhale more asbestos fibers than other construction workers, putting them at greater risk.
Renovation projects put workers at risk of asbestos exposure because of the dust kicked up into the air when old materials are dismantled. Construction cleanup workers must handle all of the material that construction workers discard and this includes drywall, old electrical appliances, molding, discarded ceiling tiles and insulation. All of these materials contain asbestos and if the renovation project involves an older building, the quantity of asbestos in the air may be much higher than found on new construction projects.
Many roads were built using asbestos laced cement sheeting and asbestos lined pipes, putting road construction crews at risk of exposure whenever they must repair an old stretch of road or highway. Asbestos is also contained in asphalt, which road crews use to patch potholes and repair long sections of road. Construction in poorly ventilated areas provides a greater risk of exposure, but there is still a significant chance that road construction workers will inhale asbestos fibers on a repeated basis.
Attorneys Representing Construction Workers Diagnosed With Mesothelioma
We represent clients who have been injured due to prolonged exposure to asbestos dust and fibers. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have the right to seek damages from your employer for failing to provide a safe work environment. Contact us today to set up a consultation free of charge. We will review your case and inform you of all of your rights and how to proceed with your case in the manner which will ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.