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Take precautions to limit asbestos exposure in the workplace

Even though this toxic substance is recognized as a carcinogen and is not used as widely as it was in the past, it still exists in many Ohio workplaces. For instance, construction workers who do demolition work could easily find themselves facing asbestos exposure. They and others can take proactive steps to protect themselves from this eventuality since it often causes significant health problems — at some point in the future.

Of course, the more asbestos that an Ohio worker is exposed to, the greater the probability that he or she will suffer from one of its related diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Airborne dust and fibers end up inhaled or ingested. Over time, they create scar tissue, primarily in the lungs, which makes breathing difficult and increases vulnerability to a deadly cancer for which there is no cure.

Using full-faced masks, dust masks or half-faced masks could be all that is needed in order to gain the protection needed. In some areas, more protection may be needed. A Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus or supplied air respirator may be needed under those conditions. It is essential that any appropriate equipment be in good working order, and that workers receive the training needed in order to use them properly, especially since their lives could depend on it.

When employers fail in their duty to provide people with a safe work environment, which includes the appropriate equipment, training and more, workers suffer injuries, including fatal ones. Pursuing compensation for asbestos-related illnesses is not always an easy task. If an Ohio resident receives a diagnosis related to asbestos exposure, consulting with an attorney may be the best course of action to pursue recovery of all applicable benefits.

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