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Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to dangerous asbestos fibers has caused the development of cancer in a variety of different occupations over the years. The fibers, once inhaled or ingested, begin to scar the tissue inside of the body. Cancer caused by asbestos exposure often does not show any symptoms for several decades, slowly developing and spreading over time. Certain occupations are at a higher risk level than others, depending on the amount and time that the person is exposed to the asbestos fibers without any kind of protective mask.

While some occupations are more obviously at risk, such as construction workers who come in direct contact with insulation filled with asbestos, some workers may have no idea that they are being exposed to such a dangerous substance. Mechanics, for example, may be unaware of the danger of brake pads, which often contain asbestos. Plumbers may also be unknowingly at risk of developing cancer due to the asbestos found in pipes and other materials associated with their job.

Below is a list of occupations that may be at risk of asbestos exposure. This list is not exhaustive by any means. If you believe that you may be at risk of asbestos exposure at work, contact an attorney immediately to discuss your legal options.

Occupations at risk of asbestos exposure:

  • Engineers
  • Oil Refinery Workers
  • Painters
  • Railroad Workers
  • Plumbers
  • Mechanics
  • Welders
  • Teachers
  • Construction Workers
  • Sailors
  • Blacksmiths
  • Hairdressers
  • Insulators

If you or a loved one has developed serious health problems after working in an occupation that exposed you to asbestos, contact an attorney immediately to discuss the protection of your rights. Employers are responsible to provide their workers a safe working environment and may be liable for your injuries. Contact the Mesothelioma Lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-781-3955 for more information about your legal rights.

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