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Jobs that place Minnesota residents at risk for asbestos exposure

Some jobs in Minnesota are obviously more dangerous than others. However, not all dangers associated with work are immediately apparent. For instance, many types of work are associated with asbestos exposure, which often leads to illness, even death. Proving that an injury or illness was actually caused by exposure to asbestos can be difficult since diagnosis of disease may come years after initial exposure.

Asbestos refers to natural minerals that separate into flexible fibers often used for insulation purposes. Increased use of asbestos began in the 19th century in factories and other workplaces throughout the nation. When people ingest or breathe in the tiny fibers, it can cause serious long-term adverse health effects.

In time, as more and more people began developing lung cancer, mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, companies started decreasing their use of material. The symptoms of asbestos exposure diseases may not show up until 10 to 50 years later. Those who work in auto mechanics, carpentry, chemical plants, mines, shipyards and several other jobs are reportedly most at risk for asbestos exposure problems.

There are currently strict regulations governing the use of asbestos in factories and other workplaces in the United States. However, such restrictions came too late for those who have already suffered the ravages of asbestos exposure diseases. Going to work should not be deadly. Any worker in Minnesota who suffers from asbestos-related injuries may address his or her situation in court if warranted. A personal injury attorney can explain the process and remain on hand to offer guidance and assistance throughout.

Source:, "Occupational Asbestos Exposure & Pleural Mesothelioma", Accessed on June 28, 2017

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