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Women Working in Doll Factories at Risk for Mesothelioma
According to a study published in the Italian medical journal La Medicina del Lavoro on April 21, women working in doll manufacturing facilities are at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma because of high levels of exposure to asbestos.
Not Just a Man’s Risk Anymore
Historically, workplace-related exposure to asbestos has been more associated with men. But this study shows that women can suffer exposure to the deadly material on the job as well. The new study looked at more than 750 mesothelioma diagnoses that were made in 2016 in the Italian province of Brescia. Three of them were women who worked in the same doll factory.
One of the women passed away due to pleural mesothelioma, which typically attacks the lining of the lungs. An autopsy showed that she had a concentration of 12 million asbestos fibers per gram of dry tissue in her lungs. As a result of the findings, her source of asbestos exposure was re-classified from “unknown” to “occupational certified.”
This not only confirms that working in a seemingly benign environment such as a doll manufacturing facility can be deadly for employees, but other textile-related jobs could pose a risk as well. These include cotton-processing facilities, garment factories and others.
If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other disease caused by asbestos exposure, please contact Baron & Budd as soon as you can so we can let you know about your potential legal options. We have decades of experience representing people who choose to take legal action against the asbestos manufacturers responsible for the suffering they have been forced to endure. Contact us online or call 855-280-7664 to learn more.