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Safety, Products and Liability: A Legal Blog

Welcome to my blog. This blog is dedicated to helping anyone who is currently in the midst of a liability issue. A few years ago, my daughter contracted listeria due to poorly packaged food. She, thankfully, was okay, but we still took her case to court. I want all families who have been affected by liability issues to understand their rights, so I decided to start this blog. My beautiful daughter is now 17 and preparing to start uni next year. I have three younger children as well and an amazing husband. Thank you for reading my blog. Please share my posts if they help you!

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Safety, Products and Liability: A Legal Blog

Mesothelioma Lawsuits: What Is Mesothelioma And How You Can Protect Your Workers From It

by Liesanne Martin

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that has a rapid progression. It attacks the membrane that covers major organs including the heart, stomach and the lungs. Its main cause is asbestos, which is a flame and heat-resistant mineral used in building construction sites. If your workers are constantly inhaling asbestos fibers, they are at a high risk of contracting mesothelioma. And even if a person does not display signs of mesothelioma now, the disease may still catch up with him or her in the future. Hence, it is important to avoid potential personal injury lawsuits from your workers by giving them the best possible care while they are working. 

Employees Who Are At A High Risk Of Suffering From Mesothelioma

Only workers who are exposed to asbestos can suffer from mesothelioma. Roofers are an example of workers who have a chance of coming into contact with asbestos. According to research, around 30% of roofers are exposed to asbestos concentration that is well over the accepted limits.

Drywall workers are another example of workers who can suffer from mesothelioma. As these workers cut through the wall, there is a possibility that they can release asbestos in the process. Even though buildings nowadays rarely use asbestos, some old buildings still have it and it is important to exercise caution when working on them.

How To Protect Your Workers From Asbestos

You have a big role in protecting your employees against asbestos. If you fail to play your part, you risk facing the wrath of employees who will be suffering from mesothelioma. And their anger is not the only issue you will have to deal with; there is also the issue of compensation and settlements if the workers will approach the subject with the law in mind. So what can you do to avoid all these?

One thing you can do is to employee a person who will make a risk assessment for any materials that contain asbestos before your workers can begin working on the site. This person must be trained and educated on control and management of asbestos hazards. He or she should be able to educate your workers on how they can recognize materials that contain asbestos, and how they can remove or dispose of asbestos materials safely.

Another measure you can take is to encourage your workers to follow safety procedures like wearing protective clothing and using respirators for protection against asbestos fibers.