No Fee or Obligation, Call Now 866-203-3440

Despite decades of regulations, asbestos is still a problem

Louisiana workers may think that asbestos is no longer a concern, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that people are still dying from asbestos-related illnesses. While most of the deaths are older people who were probably exposed to asbestos many years ago, there are also younger people dying from diseases linked to asbestos, which investigators say proves that people are still being exposed.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration started regulating the amount of asbestos workers can be exposed to in 1971. Asbestos is also regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, with its use being tightly controlled and in some cases banned. Asbestos is a mineral fiber that contains tiny particles that can be swallowed or inhaled. Exposure to asbestos is associated with lung cancer and mesothelioma.

There were more than 45,000 mesothelioma deaths in the United States between 1999 and 2015.

Mesothelioma can take decades to develop after the inhalation of asbestos fibers. There are three waves of asbestos deaths referred to. The first were asbestos manufacturers and miners, and the second were tradesmen who worked with asbestos products. The third wave is people who are exposed to asbestos that was installed years ago but gets stirred up during renovations or demolition projects.

Asbestos production in the United States ended in 2002, but itis still imported into the country. The CDC says that the number of asbestos-related deaths still happening indicates that asbestos is still a problem and that exposure prevention efforts are still needed.

Some construction sites have been shown to have higher levels of asbestos in the air than OSHA allows. Employers are required to follow OSHA rules or face penalties. In the meantime, people who have contracted this type of occupational disease may want to meet with an attorney to see what their legal options for obtaining appropriate compensation are.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information