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Asbestos At Work

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

In this blog we are going to veer off the beaten path a little bit and discuss asbestos in a work environment. If you believe you may have asbestos in your place of work feel free to give us a call as we are associated with a fantastic team of asbestos abatement professionals.

High Risk Occupations:

While even the average office worker can potentially face exposure to asbestos, these are some of the more common fields in which you could come in contact. Construction workers, as this industry has one of the highest uses of asbestos-containing materials. Construction is generally considered one of the most dangers fields as it is due to the many accidents that can occur. It’s estimate that 1 million construction workers are exposed to asbestos materials each year. Shipyard workers, as shipyards contain high quantities of asbestos. These workers are among the most diagnosed with asbestos related diseases. Mechanics, as whether it be a vehicle or an aircraft, asbestos exposure is always a high risk. Auto repair shops often times have poor ventilation and circulation which can make asbestos more concentrated. Plant workers, as both chemical plant and industrial plant workers face asbestos exposure on the job. Power plant workers deal with equipment such as boilers, generators, and turbines, which all pose a threat of asbestos. Firefighes unfortunately are exposed to toxins like asbestos on the job on a regular basis. Many older buildings built before 1980 contain asbestos materials. In many cases protective gear worn for fighting fires will also help prevent exposure to the asbestos.

Workers’ Rights:

While there are many proactive regulations in place to help protect workers, many may still be exposed on the job. If you feel you have gotten sick as a result of asbestos exposure at work you may have legal rights in the situation. Always wear protective material and know what signs to look for when working in an area that could potentially contain asbestos.

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