Know Your Legal Rights
When it comes to individuals who are at risk for mesothelioma, construction workers are one of the most prominent at-risk groups. Individuals working in the construction industry are often exposed to asbestos, a substance responsible for causing many cases of mesothelioma. Researchers have estimated that over one million construction workers are exposed to asbestos every single year.
If you are a construction worker or you have a loved one who is a construction worker and has been diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma, it’s important that you know your rights. You could be entitled to injury compensation. Contact a mesothelioma trial attorney from our team at BCH today to discuss your case.
Why Are Construction Workers at Risk for Mesothelioma?
Asbestos was used in many construction products from at least the 1920s
to the 1980s, including:
- HVAC products
- Boiler products
By the 1970s, the dangers of asbestos were beginning to cause changes in government regulations for construction workers. By the 1980s, asbestos was no longer used in building projects as its link with mesothelioma and other dangerous diseases such as asbestosis and lung cancer was discovered. Unfortunately, this does not mean that construction workers are not exposed to these products. Even trace amounts of asbestos fibers can lead to serious health repercussions.
Individuals who may be at risk include:
- Sheet metal workers
- Drywall workers
OSHA Safety Rules & Asbestos
The OSHA has established rules to protect construction workers who are working in areas where asbestos may be present. Workers should wear protective garments, and employers should ensure that there are safe decontamination zones. In some scenarios, employers may even be required to ensure that workers receive regular medical exams. For more information about your legal rights, call BCH at (888) 367-7160 to speak with our mesothelioma lawyers.
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