(PRWEB) March 13, 2012
According to a study by the National Institute of Health (NHI), between 1940 and 1979 over 27 million workers in the United States alone were exposed to airborne asbestos fibers on the job. Of those, included were industrial workers who were exposed then and continue to be exposed to the deadly fiber that causes mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer in the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma), abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma), and heart (pericardial mesothelioma.) Exposure to asbestos is the primary cause and often occurred during the course of work without victims even realizing they were being exposed to a deadly carcinogen.
Industries with heavy use of asbestos and asbestos products are:
- Chemical Plants
- Construction (residential, commercial, and industrial)
- Industrial Plants
- Mechanical Plants
- Power Plants
- Pulp and Paper
- Textile Industry
- Manufacturing Plants
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), asbestos was known for being highly heat, fire and erosion resistant and was used in hundreds of thousands of materials, causing high risk of exposure to millions of tradespeople and others that came into contact with such products. Most people working on the job were never given warning about the dangers of asbestos, offered protective clothing or equipment, nor given any training.
Occupational duties for industrial workers could frequently require work around vats, tanks, vessels, boilers, steam pipes, hot water pipes and refrigerated storage rooms that often had asbestos insulation. Much of this work would be performed in enclosed spaces and on a daily basis, increasing risk of exposure.
Mesothelioma is caused by inhaling microscopic asbestos fibers, which then lodge in the lining of internal body organs and then decades later develop into a fatal cancer. Sometimes, although more rare, workers would bring home the fibers in their hair or on clothes and shoes, exposing their spouses and other family members, known as secondary exposure.
Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason (CPSM) have represented hundreds of industrial workers who were diagnosed with mesothelioma. Having witnessed the suffering of asbestos victims and sorrow of their family members, CPSM offers up-to-date recommendations, advice and sources on how to avoid exposure to asbestos if you work around industrial products that contain asbestos. They also give extensive advice on the rights of workers diagnosed with mesothelioma and steps to take to get compensation for their illness.
About Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason
CPSM is a top national mesothelioma law firm with more than 30 years of protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured by the large asbestos corporations and manufacturers. The asbestos attorneys at CPSM have a long history of exclusively handling mesothelioma lawsuits and helping get just compensation for asbestos victims and their families. A pioneer in the field, opening the first asbestos law firm in California that specialized in this field, CPSM remains dedicated to giving the utmost in personal service to their clients while at the same time fighting hard for victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason today for a free case evaluation.