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Many PA workers face risk of asbestos exposure

Being exposed to asbestos can have a dire impact on the health of PA workers. Despite regulations curtailing the use of asbestos, many workers in numerous industries still run the risk of being exposed and as a result may face very severe health ramifications down the line.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry lists a number of professions where asbestos exposure can occur. These includes mechanics, roofers, installers of drywall, welders and many other laborers. However, the construction industry retains the highest risk when it comes to asbestos exposure. In general, exposure most often occurs during the course of repair or renovation of structures erected before use of asbestos was prohibited in building materials.

While far less workers face the risk of occupation exposure today, lax safety standards may still pose an issue. Approximately 27 million people have been exposed to asbestos in the past. Modern estimates focus in on the construction industry, which includes approximately 1.3 million workers facing possible exposure.  

Medicinenet.com provides information on the types of symptoms one can experience after being exposed to asbestos over an extended period of time. Symptoms typically begin with a cough and accompanying shortness of breath. Subsequent examinations may result in abnormal sounds coming from the lungs, as well as heart failure affecting the right side of the organ. Although in most cases it may take up to 40 years for symptoms to present, those working in areas with increased amounts of asbestos may show symptoms in as little as 10 years.

An experienced attorney will be able to provide more information on your specific case. Accordingly, contacting a worker’s compensation lawyer is recommended if you’ve suffered an illness related to your workplace. 

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