Asbestos & Your Family
Part Four of a Four-Part Series on How People Develop Mesothelioma From Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace
This is a four-part series on asbestos in the workplace. Part I covers the basics of mesothelioma caused by asbestos in the workplace. Part II details the deadliest jobs on the planet that require working around asbestos exposure. Part III looks at our war vets and Navy men and women who were put in danger by asbestos in the line of duty. Part IV is all about how workers unknowingly brought asbestos home to their families from the workplace.
First there is exposure to asbestos while on the job, and then comes second-hand exposure to asbestos — a type of exposure that may often come from being near someone who was exposed to asbestos while on the job.
People who develop mesothelioma because of second-hand exposure to asbestos may include textile workers, building engineers, longshoremen, building inspectors, road builders or inspectors, aerospace workers, car mechanics, glass or paper factory workers, die setters or contractors and building managers. These individuals might not have encountered asbestos directly — i.e., from directly handling asbestos — but were likely exposed to asbestos in their work environment.
Teachers may also have been exposed to asbestos, not just in the environment itself, but also in working with crayons (yep, used to have asbestos in them) and blackboards.
In addition, family members who may have hugged their family member who handled asbestos each time they came home from work may be at risk — as all too often people who worked with or near asbestos were not told to wash off their skin and clothes before they left work.
Family members who did the family laundry are also at risk for developing mesothelioma, as they may have come into contact with asbestos while washing their loved one’s work clothes that may have been contaminated with asbestos fibers.
Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit can help you and your family pay for the expensive medical bills and that come with mesothelioma care. They may also help you plan for your family’s future. But another thing they do is make sure that our voices are heard. Because as bad as we know mesothelioma is today, as dangerous as we understand asbestos exposure to be, asbestos is STILL not banned completely in the United States. Take that into account and then add all of the old homes and buildings that may still be contaminated with asbestos today and you’ll see the scary picture we are living in.
A ban on asbestos would protect our workers, armed service men and women and our loved ones from dangerous exposure to a toxin that has been proved time and time again to cause the deadly cancer mesothelioma. Mesothelioma breaks apart families. It’s high time we said that, no matter how willing we are to work, no matter how willing we are to serve, we cannot stand for business, government or military duties that put our citizens at risk.