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:
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.