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Electricians and Asbestos Exposure
Electricians’ work revolves around the installation and maintenance of electrical systems. These systems involve a number of parts, including wires and gauges that are installed within walls, ceilings or crawl spaces – common locations for insulation. In addition, much of the wiring, control boxes, switches, panel boards, crane brakes, and other equipment that electricians frequently must work with contained asbestos.
When working on these systems, electricians are exposed to several hazards, including the risk for asbestos exposure. Asbestos, a toxic mineral that was commonly used in building materials until the 1980s, is a common component of insulation and related materials that electricians frequently come into contact with.
Electricians are at an elevated risk for development of mesothelioma and asbestos cancers due to their frequent work with asbestos products and work around others working with asbestos products. These rare and aggressive diseases can pose significant challenges to those diagnosed with them, including financial challenges stemming from high medical and rehabilitative costs.
When dealing with any asbestos-related diagnosis, it is important to assess your residential and occupational history to determine the most likely sources of asbestos exposure.
Exposure on the Job
For many electricians, asbestos exposure occurs on the job. Because of the widespread use of asbestos in electrical products and in areas where electricians commonly work, electricians experienced elevated exposures to asbestos.
Favored for its fire-proofing and heat-resistant qualities, the mineral was used widely in building materials, including insulation, drywall and ceiling tiles – all of which were regularly handled during electrical work on homes or businesses.
Electricians also routinely worked with older equipment, including heating units, hot water tanks, turbines and generators, many of which contained asbestos. In many cases, asbestos was used as an insulator for the electrical wiring in such equipment. Stripping, cutting, or exposing this electrical insulation can lead to asbestos exposure.
These materials, like many others utilized in building and construction can be particularly dangerous if cut, damaged or removed, since they release small asbestos fibers into the air. Electricians were regularly responsible for the handling and tampering of these materials, especially cutting or drilling during installation or maintenance.
When this occurs, clouds of asbestos dust escape into the air and can be inhaled by anyone in proximity. The inhalation of asbestos fibers is highly dangerous, as they can become stuck in the lungs or abdomen, leading to significant scarring. This damage can help pave the way for asbestos-related disease, including mesothelioma.
Seeking Legal Help
If you or a loved one are coping with a recent asbestos-related diagnosis, it is in your best interest to contact an asbestos attorney handling asbestos cases as soon as possible. Only an attorney experienced in this legal arena can properly assess your case and determine the best possible strategy for a course of action.
At Antion McGee Law Group, PLLC, our attorneys are highly skilled when it comes to handling asbestos-related claims, including those stemming from careers in the electrical field. Our firm has developed a well-respected reputation for our knowledge in these types of cases, and our compassionate legal counsel can provide you and your family with the peace of mind you need as you undergo treatment for your asbestos disease. We understand that dealing with these types of cases is rarely, if ever, easy. That’s why we are committed to serving as your legal advocate and helping you secure the resolution you need and deserve.
Do you think you have a mesothelioma or asbestos-related claim? Do not delay – our firm can offer the wise legal guidance necessary for your success. If your current medical condition does not allow you to travel to our office to consult with our attorneys, our team is prepared to meet you at your home or hospital. Let’s get started today – to schedule your initial consultation with our legal team, call us at (304) 807-0739.