Construction workers are exposed to many hazards while they are on the job in Nebraska. Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs a person can have. Construction worker injuries are often serious and require the injured employee to take time off their job for an extended period of time. One injury a construction worker can suffer from is asbestos exposure.
Asbestos fibers are used in many manufactured materials, building materials and heat resistant fibers. A construction worker can be exposed to asbestos in many different situations. It is usually inhaled through the air in buildings that have asbestos. Workers can be exposed if they are in or near a building that is being torn down that used asbestos-products, if they work in an asbestos-related industry or if they drink the water from pipes that contain asbestos.
Asbestos exposure can have serious health consequences. Many times asbestos exposure affects the lungs and breathing. Asbestos exposure is also known to cause cancer-cancer of the lung tissue or mesothelioma which is cancer of the membrane surrounding the lungs. These types of cancer are usually fatal and can show up decades after exposure. It is important for companies to ensure their workers are protected from asbestos exposure because of the serious consequences related to an asbestos disease.
If a worker believes they are suffering from an asbestos-related disease they may want to speak with a legal professional who specializes in worker injuries. An attorney can investigate the worker's claim and determine if their place of employment caused them harm. They can help their client receive the compensation they deserve for their unexpected serious injury.
Source: dhhs.ne.gov, "Asbestos questions," accessed on July 23, 2017