Mesothelioma lawyers monitor potential asbestos exposure in various professions to determine if conditions could lead to development of this deadly cancer. Our experienced asbestos attorneys routinely follow up on reports dealing with instances of occupational asbestos exposure and consequent mesothelioma cases.
Modifying electrical meter boxes could contain a major risk of mesothelioma, according to the Australian Electrical Trades Union. The union suggests that workers should actively refuse to modify the dangerous meter boxes until they have been inspected for contaminants. According to the union leader, many meter boxes contain asbestos, and workers currently in charge of these tasks are not sufficiently protected from inhaling the dangerous fibers. The meter boxes in question were made before 1983, and are now being encountered in numerous homes and buildings performing renovations or other maintenance.
The union issued the warning after an electrical company in New South Wales instructed its workers to wear masks to minimize the risk of mesothelioma. The Electrical Trades Union then suggested that workers should avoid working on the boxes until a complete audit of the meter boxes is made.
The United Services Union dismissed the minimum safety recommendations of the New South Wales company as inadequate and unsafe. Asbestos was used in the manufacture of Australian meter boxes for many decades because of its fire-resistant properties. However, when asbestos is cut or drilled, fibers are let loose and easily ingested or inhaled, which causes a serious risk of mesothelioma and other deadly diseases in the individual and those nearby.
Mesothelioma is cancer of the mesothelium, or the protective lining surrounding the lungs and abdomen. Symptoms take many years or even decades to develop and are notoriously difficult to detect. Once diagnosed, the patient usually has only around 12 to 18 months to live. Because mesothelioma is one of the most difficult cancers to detect and treat, it pays to take every precaution possible to minimize the risk.
A similar risk is faced by American electricians when they perform rewiring tasks for older buildings. Though asbestos is not involved in the manufacture of American meters today, it was used abundantly in the construction of buildings until the late 1970s.
Asbestos is found in much pre-1979 paint, shingles floor tiles, electrical piping, and insulation. For renovation, electricians may need to crawl through tight areas where asbestos is present in large volumes. It puts these professionals at a huge risk of inhaling or even ingesting asbestos dust, which could cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, or gastrointestinal cancer, to name only a few potential illnesses.
OSHA (US Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has grasped the seriousness of the matter and, following warnings by mesothelioma attorneys and many other concerned individuals, now regulates working conditions, including the mandatory use of respirators, protective gear and safety training.
Another industry with an exceptionally high rate of mesothelioma fatalities is shipbuilding. A recent study in Italy found that there is a significantly high incidence of this cancer among men who were shipbuilders during the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
There were 2,776 people employed in 1942 in the Monfalcone shipyards of
Italy. Among these, 18 men were diagnosed with the pleural mesothelioma
condition between the years 1981 and 2005. 557 of the people employed
were of the age group of 14 or 15 years at the time of hiring.
The findings highlight that the risk of contracting mesothelioma is greater in individuals who have been exposed to asbestos at a younger age. Workers in the US shipyards during the 1940s to 1970s were also at considerable risk of asbestos exposure.
Employees in these and other industries that put them at risk of asbestos exposure can rely on experienced mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to obtain optimal compensation for your suffering.