Asbestos is minerals that are resistant to both heat and corrosion and can be found in many products like pipe insulation, floor tiles, building materials, and so much more. Because of this, construction workers may be exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Asbestos, however, is seen as a health hazard and as such, has become regulated by OSHA and the EPA. By breathing asbestos, workers can receive a buildup of scar-like tissue in the lungs, leading to both disability and death. Many workers also obtain Mesothelioma, which is a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Once a patient is diagnosed, their remaining life span is bound to be short.
Laws in the Workplace
OSHA has introduced laws that attempt to protect workers from asbestos-related injuries in the workplace. During an 8-hour period, a worker cannot be exposed to more than 0.1 asbestos fibers per cubic centimeter. Employers have a responsibility to monitor exposure and create regulated work areas so that they can prevent illness. Employees must also be trained to use their gear properly such as respiratory equipment, protective clothing, and more.
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Right to Seek Compensation
Statutes on both state and federal levels give asbestos victims the right to seek compensation for damages. Some of this compensation includes medical expenses, lost current and future earning capacity, loss of companionship, reduced lifespan, and pain and suffering. If a worker has died due to asbestos complications, a family member might have the right to recover damages on their behalf. Regardless, if you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, you should speak to a doctor immediately for treatment options. Afterwards, we will help you understand where to turn. Call us at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi to get help with your workplace injury when you need it the most. We are here for you in your time of need.