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Can workers reduce their risk to asbestos exposure?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established safety measures that all employers should have in place to help protect workers who may be at risk of being exposed to asbestos. These include always wearing personal safety equipment and stopping immediately if it is suspected workers have been exposed to asbestos.
Are there certain occupations that are at a higher risk of asbestos exposure?
There are certain industries where workers are more at risk of being exposed to asbestos. Railroad workers are particularly at risk because there is asbestos in aging railroad tracks and railcars. People who work in construction are also at high risk, especially those who work in renovating older buildings, replacing parts of buildings, or demolishing. Many materials in older buildings contain asbestos and when the materials are removed, workers can inhale asbestos dust.
Other occupations at high risk are shipyard workers and emergency responders.
Why is asbestos a dangerous problem?
Asbestos is created from minerals and used to be used in a wide variety of commercial and consumer products, including building materials, home insulation, floor tiles, pipe insulation, and much more. When asbestos is disturbed, the particles released can be deadly. One exposure can cause respiratory issues. Prolonged exposure can cause mesothelioma and other asbestos cancers.
I believe I was exposed to asbestos in the US military. Can I sue?Most mesothelioma lawsuits are filed against private companies that produced or used asbestos-containing materials that causes your mesothelioma, not the government or military. You also may be eligible for financial assistance through the Department of Veterans Affairs.