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Construction workers beware the dangers of asbestos exposure

March 26, 2018 Published in Blog,Firm News

If you are a construction worker in the Springfield area, it is important for you to understand the dangers you face on the job. Acute injuries are not the only type that happens at construction sites. The risk of developing chronic and life-threatening ailments, such as pleural effusions, mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural plaques from asbestos exposure is higher for workers in the construction industry than other work sectors. 

Employers must inform their workers when there is a risk of exposure to asbestos and other toxic and hazardous chemicals and substances. They must also take measures such as implementing safety policies, practices and safety areas to minimize the risk and duration of exposure. 

The dangers of exposure 

Health complications stemming from asbestos exposure often take years to develop. Many workers are unaware they have a high risk of developing mesothelioma, which is an incurable form of cancer. The dangers of asbestos are well-documented and have led to a ban, restricting its use. Despite those measures, construction workers are still likely to encounter asbestos-containing materials when they are on the job. Consider the following information about asbestos exposure to better understand how it can change your life. 

Proper diagnosis often occurs after irreversible harm

Long-term and repeated exposure to asbestos is not necessary for workers to develop life-threatening occupational diseases. Even inhaling a small amount of the toxic fibers can cause long-term and serious damage to an exposed employee’s respiratory system. It is not uncommon for some construction workers to develop symptoms and other health conditions that mimic other ailments. As a result, some individuals receive diagnoses of other health problems and undergo treatments that do not address the underlying cause, asbestos. In many cases, the signs of asbestos-caused diseases are not immediately apparent, making early detection and treatment unlikely. 

Workers who develop cancer and other health conditions after exposure to asbestos and other hazardous substances often require assistance with holding their employers liable. If you believe the deterioration of your health stems from working in an environment where asbestos was present, you might want to speak with an attorney for guidance with your claim.