It seems that every time we flip on the television, we hear another commercial advertising the dangers associated with workers' asbestos exposure. The individuals featured in those commercials are older individuals. This likely gives some the impression that mesothelioma and other types of asbestos-related illnesses are some kind of senior condition that no longer threatens lives or is only something older people have to concern themselves with. This is far from the case, though.
Although it's a mineral that's found naturally and has amazing properties to resist corrosion and heat, it's a deadly one. Up until the 1960s and 70s, it was widely used in home construction, shipbuilding and car production. Once evidence showed that exposure to this mineral could cause a malignant condition whereby malignant tumors develop along a worker's stomach, lung or heart lining, it became largely outlawed.
Currently, asbestos is used in manufacturing on a restricted basis. Many individuals who work in the car repair industry repairing clutches or brakes continue to be exposed to it. Those who repair ships for a living do as well. Contractors who perform renovations, demolish homes or repair them often come in contact with floor tiles, insulation and other building materials containing asbestos fibers also.
A worker's exposure to asbestos is far from something of the past.
Since the risks associated with asbestos exposure are widely known about now, industries where workers have the highest chance of coming in contact with these minerals are heavily regulated by the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
OSHA requires employers to regularly monitor the air quality in the workplace and to provide their employees with personal protective equipment. They're also required to monitor them medically.
One of the reasons we see older people on mesothelioma commercials is because asbestos-related illnesses can take decades post-exposure to develop. Once they do, they quickly rob their victims of their livelihood. While there's not yet a cure for these types of illnesses, a Dauphin workplace illness attorney can provide you with reliable representation so you recover medical costs to help you live a less painful existence.