Due to the nature of an electrician’s work and the materials that he or she may use in order to install or repair electrical wire or appliances, the risk of asbestos exposure is very high for electrical workers. Electricians are already at a high risk of injury because of their work with circuits and electrical equipment and are required to pass stringent tests in order to obtain a license to work as a result. Exposure to asbestos presents another work hazard that can exist without workers’ knowledge until many years later when they develop health problems as a result of repeated and prolonged inhalation of asbestos products.
Ceiling Tiles and Home Insulation
Electricians working in commercial or residential areas may need to access wiring or appliances that are located in or above the ceiling. Asbestos was commonly used in older ceiling tiles and insulation and may still be used in current ceiling implements in smaller quantities. The process of pulling ceiling tiles and insulation down exposes electricians to asbestos fibers and workers are often unaware that they are being exposed to a health hazard because it takes a long time to develop asbestosis or mesothelioma from asbestos inhalation.
Asbestos in Drywall
It is not uncommon for electricians to need to cut out portions of drywall or to drive nails or screws through a wall in order to install an electrical appliance. Because drywall is not always located near insulation, many people may assume that there is no risk of asbestos exposure when they work with the material. Drywall contains a significant amount of asbestos, however, and even if electricians do not need to remove drywall in order to do their jobs, the act of drilling holes or driving nails through drywall can kick asbestos fibers into the air.
Electrical Wiring and Equipment
Electricity gives off a lot of heat and wiring is designed to deliver an electrical current without allowing the conductive material to cause heat damage to the internal structure of a building. Asbestos is commonly used in wiring as an insulating material that is also designed to trap heat. Electricians are therefore required to handle material on a regular basis that contains varying amounts of asbestos. As a result of the environment that electricians work in and the materials that they handle, it was found in the 1980s that many career electricians were developing cancers and other conditions that can be attributed to asbestos inhalation.
Trusted Attorneys Representing Electricians & Electrical Industry Workers in Mesothelioma Cases
For many who suffer from mesothelioma, the condition develops many years after repeated exposure to asbestos and those who work around asbestos may appear to be in perfect health for years before the first symptoms appear. A qualified mesothelioma lawyer is able to help establish the cause of the cancer as well as the estimated cost of medical care that will be required as a result. If you suffer from mesothelioma or another condition that is related to asbestos exposure, you may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer in order to collect damages.
Employers are responsible for the safety of their employees and if your employer did not provide a safe environment to work in, even though you have developed your illness many years later, you may be able to claim compensation. Chicago Mesothelioma Lawyers are dedicated to holding employers responsible for sending employees to work in an unsafe environment. Contact us today to find out how we can help you recover damages for your medical bills, time off of work and pain and suffering related to your condition. Our consultations are free of charge and you will never be required to pay us a fee unless we collect money on your behalf.