What Occupations Are Most at Risk for Asbestos Exposure?
We know that exposure to asbestos is one of the most dangerous things as it can go completely unnoticed for decades before causing a serious and life-threatening condition such as mesothelioma or lung cancer.
Unfortunately, due to the latency period in which asbestos has, many individuals are unsure of what causes the condition to occur. However, some occupations are more at risk to be exposed to asbestos, and prolonged exposure can be a clear indicator of what or who caused the condition.
The Occupations to Be Aware Of
- Construction Workers: Individuals who work in the construction industry for an extended period of time have long been at serious risk. However, it’s better now that asbestos isn’t used in as many products. Before the 1980s, thousands of products contained asbestos, and because most of construction can break these fibers up, it put construction workers at direct risk.
- Firefighter: Asbestos was used in many homes, firefighting clothes, helmets, and boots. When fire is present, and homes begin to burn, the asbestos fibers can become airborne, putting anybody in the nearby vicinity in danger of exposure.
- Shipyard Workers: These individuals make up roughly 30% of the mesothelioma lawsuits that are filed. They’ve been at constant risk for years working on various vessels. These types of cases have led to multi-million dollar verdicts.
- Power Plant Workers: A study once showed that nearly 33% of individuals who worked in power plants showed that their mucus samples had asbestos. This is due to cutting pipes that contain asbestos.
These individuals are often put in harm’s way because many of the materials they work with contain asbestos produced from many years before. The manufacturers who used asbestos in their productions should be held accountable.
At Shrader & Associates, L.L.P., our mesothelioma attorneys work hard to represent you if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos. We can explain your rights and options in a free consultation.