Awareness can go a very long way in protecting Americans from life-threatening diseases and illnesses. Despite this, there are many occupations in our nation that expose workers to illness-causing materials or substances such as asbestos.
While it could be argued that these occupations are vital to the growth and prosperity of our country, it is every citizen’s right to know the risks that typically go hand-in-hand with asbestos exposure. Only by knowing the health risks can Americans make the best decision about whether or not to accept a potentially dangerous occupation.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), exposure to asbestos in the workplace is not as large a problem as it once was. However, the risk of exposure still exists. Examples of occupations that might lead to asbestos exposure include:
- Asbestos removal jobs
- Construction jobs
- Education-based work in schools containing asbestos
- Disaster first-responders (firefighters, paramedics, etc.)
In our home state of Louisiana, other occupations may also expose workers to asbestos. Shipbuilding and occupations located in shipyards come with a substantial risk of asbestos exposure. Building and recycling ships is a large industry in our state. It stands to reason that many of those who work in the industry have either already been sickened from asbestos or may develop symptoms later in their lives.
In no uncertain terms, we want you to understand that exposure to asbestos is dangerous and could lead to severe illness and potentially death. If you or a family member works in an at-risk occupation, please have your health, especially your lungs and respiratory system, monitored regularly.
You should also know that it is possible to pursue compensation if workplace asbestos exposure impacts your health. Continue reading our published information if you need more detailed information about asbestos and your legal options in the face of serious illness.