Is your job high-risk for asbestos exposure?

Jul 22, 2022 | Asbestos-related Diseases

It is now commonly known that asbestos is an extremely hazardous material, but this wasn’t always the case. During the 70s and 80s, asbestos was widely used in both commercial and residential buildings. While its use is heavily regulated now, older buildings don’t just disappear and the presence of asbestos is still relatively common.

If you’ve worked in certain sectors, then there is a higher risk that you’ve been exposed. What are some occupations that are considered high risk in terms of asbestos exposure?

Firefighters

Firefighters put their lives on the line each day to save others. Their courage is admirable and they wouldn’t think twice about entering a burning building to save someone, whether or not that building is old or new. When they enter older buildings, the roof tiles, insulation and other aspects could consist of asbestos material. Not only is this dangerous because broken parts of the building will emit dangerous fibers, but there are also toxic fumes and smoke to consider.

Construction workers

Throughout the 70s, asbestos was viewed as a useful material to construct buildings with. It was easy to get hold of and it also has heat-resistant properties. While the product is rarely used in construction today, workers in this field are still tasked with demolition work. Asbestos is at its most dangerous when fibers become separated and airborne. The debris that comes with demolished buildings could emit carcinogenic fibers that are potentially fatal when breathed in. This is something that construction workers always need to be aware of.

These are just some of the more notable occupations that may present a risk of asbestos exposure, there are several others. If you or your family have been impacted by exposure to this harmful substance, it may benefit you to look into your legal options in further detail.

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