Colorado workers in various industries might not realize that they could be exposed to asbestos, even though the Environmental Protection Agency has placed severe restrictions on products containing this dangerous mineral substance. Asbestosis and mesothelioma are workplace illnesses that typically require long-term medical treatment. If not diagnosed and treated, it could cause death.
Construction work is particularly risky, especially projects involving renovating or demolishing old buildings. Flooring, plaster, paint and insulation used before 1980 have high concentrations of asbestos. However, even modern building materials could contain asbestos. Auto mechanics should be aware that clutches, brake pads, pipes and gaskets could pose asbestos-related risks.
Anyone who works with fire protection products like fire curtains, fire blankets or fireproof coatings can be exposed to asbestos fibers. This includes laboratory workers who use fireproof jackets or gloves. Workers involved in the manufacturing of personal hygiene and cosmetics need protection against the presence of asbestos in talcum powder, which is an ingredient used in some products. Those working in the garden services industry might not know that some potting soil products and fertilizers contain vermiculite, which might include asbestos fibers.
Colorado workers in any of the mentioned industries who experience breathing problems, constant coughing or show other signs of lung problems must not delay medical treatment. Asbestos can cause a variety of lung diseases and even lung cancer. Although the workers’ compensation insurance system covers this dreaded disease, it could be challenging to prove such a condition to be work-related as it develops over time. Fortunately, the support and guidance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney are available to help obtain maximum benefits.
Source: consumersafety.org, “6 Products That Still Contain Asbestos“, Accessed on May 25, 2018