Asbestos victim leads movement to improve job safety

Mar 17, 2020 | Asbestos

St. Louis construction workers will now have new measures in place to protect them from the dangers of asbestos. A former construction worker who developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure has been pushing for job site reform in the city to help protect others. 

Thrown into a construction job 15 years ago with no adequate precautionary measures, the former construction worker works hard these days trying to educate people about asbestos exposure. 

New bill offers protection to construction workers 

According to KMOX, the new bill requires city inspectors to ensure that employers supply their employees with proper breathing gear for asbestos removal. Additionally, air monitoring will be an ongoing necessity to ensure proper air quality. Spraying demolition sites with water will also be necessary to remove asbestos particles from the air. 

The mesothelioma victim reports that 15 years ago, she was neither taught about the dangers of asbestos nor given the proper equipment to protect against it. She was working on building demolition sites without any guidelines whatsoever. Improper training and lack of education meant that asbestos exposure was not even something she was aware of as a hazard. 

Effects of mesothelioma 

The effects of mesothelioma can be devastating. The former construction worker has undergone four related surgeries. Additionally, she received two aggressive chemo treatment rounds and has lost several organs. Her terminal cancer is directly related to her exposure to asbestos all those years ago on the job site. 

The board of alderman passed the new bill just as the victim celebrated her 44th birthday this year.