Over the years, asbestos was used in a variety of consumer products and construction products, including building materials and other products, such as brake pads. Asbestos has properties including heat resistance, strength and insulating benefits that make it useful in a variety of products. However, it poses many health hazards.
Asbestos can be found in products including roofing felt and roofing coatings, cement shingles and other cement products, vinyl floor tiles, pipeline wrapping, disk brake pads and other car parts, as well as other products as well. Asbestos produces a dust that can be deposited into the lungs and cause serious health concerns. Asbestos exposure can lead to a variety of asbestos-related illnesses, including mesothelioma and asbestosis. Mesothelioma is a cancer that lines the lungs, stomach and other organs and can be painful and even fatal.
Asbestos-related illnesses may result in serious harm to victims and can be fatal. Construction workers, demolition workers, drywall removers, firefighters, plumbers, mechanics and others may all suffer asbestos exposure. The impact of asbestos exposure can depend on: the concentration of fibers in the air; the duration of the exposure; the worker's breathing rate; any protective devices the worker wears; and the weather conditions.
For any worker suffering from a workplace illness, including an asbestos-related illness, the resources available to protect them through what they are suffering are important. As a result, any worker suffering with an asbestos-related illness should be familiar with workers' compensation and other protections available to them to help with their medical, financial and other concerns.