You know to stay away from areas that are marked with asbestos danger signs, but you might be unaware that most of today's exposure happens to workers while at their own place of work. Many blue collar trades are at risk for asbestos exposure every day on the job, and employers are required to keep them safe.
Because asbestos is a mineral, it never goes away or breaks down. It may remain undisturbed for a long time, whether in a floor tile, steam pipe insulation or in the ground. But once it has been disturbed, what to do with the material becomes a larger problem.
You may have asbestos insulation wrapping your heating ducts, if your home is of a particular vintage. As long as those ducts and the material wrapped around them are undamaged and untouched, it poses little threat to those living in the home.
But should you cut or tear the material, the asbestos fibers can become airborne and inhaled. This begins the long wait to see if a person develops an asbestos-related illness, like mesothelioma. Which is why if you have asbestos in your home, you need to hire a properly certified asbestos abatement contractor to ensure the material is properly removed.
The Brayton Purcell LLP team is made up of 45 attorneys and over 220 support personnel in three different states. Providing unparalleled service to our clients is our main goal, but that begins with ensuring that all employees share the same common values:
Brayton Purcell LLP is proud to spread lung cancer awareness in November and beyond. Not only are we avid supporters of the American Lung Association (we are already forming our team for the next Fight for Air Climb in San Francisco!), we know how devastating the disease can be for individuals and families across the nation.
Asbestos is a significant public health hazard for at least two reasons. First, it is everywhere. During the last century, it was employed in thousands of uses, in millions of locations, ranging from kitchen potholders to insulation on industrial steam boilers. Thousands of workers across decades who directly worked with installing and servicing equipment using asbestos products have developed asbestosis and mesothelioma.
The other element that makes it so significant is that once mesothelioma develops, it is almost always incurable, leading to a painful death for the victim. And with asbestos located in millions of locations throughout the U.S., every day more people are unwittingly exposed to the deadly fibers.
Do you give blood? If so, you might just be a life saver.
Here at Brayton Purcell, it can sometimes feel like every day is Veterans Day. We speak and meet with clients who have served in the United States Military on a daily basis. We are so grateful for their service to our country and work hard to defend their rights in and out of the court room.
Asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, are often seen as a product of our industrial past. Those who were most at risk were the industrial workers in the mining, shipbuilding and manufacturing business of the past.
California was the site of many navy yards and shipbuilding during the WWII era, and those workers were often exposed to large quantities of asbestos in the construction and maintenance of ships.
Boilermakers, steamfitters and electricians, who worked with asbestos used as insulation for both steam pipes and electrical lines, received daily exposure to the potentially deadly dust from asbestos-laden materials.