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Asbestos Creates Safety Concerns


Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers advocate for those injured by asbestos exposure.The harmful effects of asbestos exposure have been documented for decades. Breathing in asbestos fibers can result in loss of lung function and even death. Despite this, asbestos has not been completely banned in the United States. Workers are still being exposed to asbestos in a variety of industries and occupations, including the following:

  • Car mechanics performing repairs to brakes and clutches
  • Construction workers renovating or demolishing structures built before 1981
  • Shipyard workers

Years ago, asbestos was praised for its miracle characteristics, including fire resistance, strength, and the ability to withstand corrosion. Asbestos made its way into the production of roof shingles, floor tiles, housing exteriors, ceilings, brakes, and even textiles. Certain cement products are still made with asbestos. Yet, asbestos can cause mesothelioma, which leads to malignant tumors in the lungs or stomach.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has several standards governing the permissible exposure limits (PELs) of asbestos. OSHA also publishes guidelines outlining employers’ responsibilities for reducing the risk of asbestos exposure. Employers must test workplaces for asbestos in the air in shipyards, construction sites, and other areas where asbestos is known to be present. If asbestos PELs are exceeded, employers must provide respirators to workers as well as protective equipment, such as gloves, coveralls, face shields, and head and foot coverings. Employers are also required to post or provide workers with a written copy of the results of air quality monitoring.

If your illness is work-related or you are injured on the job, contact the qualified Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP. We will take the time to learn all the details of your condition and assess your claim. For a free consultation, contact us online today or call us at 267-589-0090. We are available anytime to help workers throughout Pennsylvania from our offices in Philadelphia.

A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:
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A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:

At Gross & Kenny, LLP we view the safety and well-being of our clients, staff and business partners as our highest priority.

The situation regarding the COVID-19 virus is continually changing, and we are following all recommended guidelines to stay healthy.

Currently, our law firm is remaining open to serve your legal needs. If you were working light duty or modified duty as a result of a work injury in Pennsylvania and were recently laid off or terminated from your job due to the Coronavirus you may be entitled to weekly workers' compensation checks for lost wages moving forward. Contact us to find out . We are open and ready to assist.

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Should you have any concerns regarding an upcoming meeting with us, please contact us online or call (215) 512-1500.

We are continuing to fight on behalf of our clients and that we are all able to handle things even if mandated by the government that we work remotely.

Thank you and take care.