For years, Minnesota construction workers, as well as those in many other industries, have been at risk for health problems regarding asbestos. Occupational asbestos exposure and second-hand exposure have devastated the lives of many families in this state and across the country. If you've worked around asbestos or you are a family member whose loved one has come home wearing dirty work clothes from a construction site or other job, you may be one of thousands of people who have contracted mesothelioma, asbestosis or other incurable illness.
Many Minnesota buildings and homes contain asbestos. It is nearly impossible to know when the substance is present in a particular location unless proper testing is done. However, in places where there is a known asbestos risk, employers and other officials are legally obligated to provide proper training and safety equipment for employees and to take whatever measures are necessary to help keep workers safe. Occupational asbestos exposure in a sheriff's department in another state recently prompted a building evacuation.
Two people in another state used to work together at the same company. It is not clear how long they were employed at the company. What is clear, however, is that they were both fired and have joined efforts to file a lawsuit against their former employer, claiming that their knowledge of an occupational asbestos exposure situation is the reason they were let go. Minnesota workers worried about similar issues may want to follow this case.
Nowadays, it's not uncommon to hear stories of people suffering adverse health conditions involving respiratory diseases, such as lung cancer. Some people in Minnesota believe their illnesses are directly relating to their smoking habits. Others say occupational asbestos exposure was the main culprit in their health-related problems.
Despite efforts to monitor and abate asbestos in schools, many schools still contain asbestos, potentially putting both students and teachers at risk for developing mesothelioma and other deadly diseases.
Serving in the U.S. military is an incredible sacrifice. Members of the military face the possibility of long deployments, strained family relationships and threats to their safety overseas.
In a recent post, we discussed the fact that there are people in certain occupations who are at a higher risk of being exposed to asbestos on the job. One of the occupations we listed in that post, which can be read in full here, is automotive mechanics.