We all think of asbestos cancer as something relatively rare where only those who work directly with asbestos can get it. Recent European studies show otherwise.
Sheet metal workers, despite the fact that they do not work directly with asbestos the way workers in housing construction do, have been seen to be developing mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
While this may seem puzzling at first, once the methods of work are investigated it becomes obvious that these workers are coming in contact with asbestos in other ways.
New Types of Exposure
Sheet metal workers often are involved in fabrication and riveting of materials used in construction such as housing gutters, air conditioning systems, plumbing and industrial metal systems. These will also often have asbestos integrated into the end product. The deadly fibers are thus released into the air when the metal worker drills, cuts or otherwise changes the sheet metal that can be attached to the end product.
Workers in the field for twenty years or more have shown signs of the deadly disease.
Getting Legal Help
The number of sheet metal workers with asbestosis, mesothelioma and other lung diseases related to asbestos has been increasing. This in turn increases the call for legal action.
This is where the work of an experienced asbestos law firm can help these workers to lay claims for financial assistance to deal with growing medical bills.
A study tracked a little over 17,000 sheet metal workers and found significant rates for the asbestos-related diseases, including high mortality rates. This industry was not considered a high risk for asbestos exposure, before these findings were discovered.
Need for More Research
These results lead many to believe that a more thorough investigation of all trades that interact with asbestos on any level needs to be addressed.
Up until this research, conducted primarily on European sheet metal workers, it was believed in the United States that the majority of asbestos related diseases had declined. But this was simply from looking at the mortality rates within the set industries known to interact with asbestos on a regular basis over long periods of time.
The research on sheet metal workers shows that other industries need to be investigated and new safety measures created to protect those individuals who are being exposed without their knowledge.
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