In decades past, those tradespeople who were regularly exposed to asbestos most often included individuals who worked in industries such as steel and textile mills, power plants, chemical refineries, and a variety of similar jobs. They often toiled long hours on an assembly line or worked with heavy duty equipment.
It’s been clear for decades that exposure to asbestos can cause some type of malignant mesothelioma, whether pleural, peritoneal, or pericardial. Indeed, there’s too much evidence for anyone to dispute the fact that inhalation of asbestos fibers can definitively cause these particular type of cancers, but a few other cases have doctors wondering whether or not there’s an asbestos link to kidney cancer. Exposure might contribute to the development of renal cell carcinoma, the most common form of kidney cancer.
Just a handful of days ago, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that marks the first major environmental legislation passed in more than two decades and the first overhaul of some very old environment-related laws, possibly paving the way for the eventual total ban on the use of asbestos-containing products in the United States.
Upstate New York Highway Workers Exposed to Asbestos
In yet another story involving unsuspecting workers and asbestos exposure, highway employees in the Upstate New York town of Alexandria encountered dangerous working conditions when they were recently made to work in an asbestos-filled structure without benefit of the proper equipment that would have protected them from inhaling dangerous dust.
An asbestos removal project at a former church in Quincy, Massachusetts was promptly shut down after it was discovered that the contractor on the job failed to meet the safety requirements pertaining to proper asbestos removal.
Contractors Target Homeless, Felons for Asbestos Jobs
In 2011, Bay City, Michigan contractor Roy Bradley Sr. was looking for some help that wouldn’t mind doing a little dirty work. So he went to the local homeless shelter and recruited some of the men living there, reports the Detroit Free Press.
So, you’ve got mesothelioma and you’re ready to file suit against those who caused your disease – those who were responsible for your exposure. There will be much to consider before your suit is in order and ready to go. One of those things is your place of residence.
It’s usually easy to determine where you’ll find old asbestos materials. The mineral was long used in steel mills, shipyards, textile plants, oil refineries, power plants, and other places where its use seemed quite logical. Asbestos materials were generally earmarked for their fire- and heat-resistant properties and their durability, so finding them in the above-mentioned places wasn’t a surprise.
The facts have been clear for a long time. Many individuals who were exposed to asbestos worked for companies that knew asbestos was dangerous yet continued its use. Many of these same companies were privy to reports from company doctors noting an alarming rate of respiratory diseases among those who were exposed to the toxin, yet internal memos discovered decades later often show an eagerness to cover up this fact, with executives seeming to care little about employees’ health and instructing that no changes be made.