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Workers most at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses

According to medical doctors and asbestos experts, there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. Even small quantities of this dangerous substance can result in dangerous and fatal cancers. As such, all Pennsylvania workers at risk of making contact with asbestos need to take the necessary safety precautions.

Some workers need to be more careful than others to avoid asbestos-related illnesses. These workers, who are especially at risk, include:

  • Construction workers: Construction workers involved in the demolition of buildings and the renovation of homes are particularly at risk of making contact with asbestos. Also, workers who use flooring and roofing materials may be at risk of asbestos exposure.
  • Firefighters: When a firefighter enters a burning building, he or she could be making contact with asbestos fibers, which can become airborne during a fire. Protective fire clothing, boots and helmets also contain asbestos.
  • Industrial workers: Foremen, mechanics, chemical workers, machine operators and trade laborers could make contact with asbestos paper, gaskets and textiles that contain asbestos. Those who work as industrial insulators have the highest risk of asbestos exposure.
  • Power plant workers: Thirty-three percent of power-plant workers showed in tests that they had asbestos contamination in their systems. Many power plant workers get exposed to asbestos when they're cutting pipes.

Being exposed to any amount of asbestos at work can put you at risk of developing various types of cancer and other serious illnesses. Employees who contract such illnesses may be able to pursue money to pay for their medical care and time spent unable to work by filing for workers' compensation benefits.

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