Secondary Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos taken home on workers' clothing and shoes can expose other people in the household to the toxic mineral and result in the development of asbestos diseases. At Savinis & Kane, L.L.C., our Pittsburgh attorneys offer more than 60 years of combined legal experience in secondary asbestos exposure and mesothelioma in Pennsylvania and nationwide.

Over the years, we have handled numerous cases involving secondary or "take home" exposure. This type of exposure is clearly outlined in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Report to Congress on Workers' Home Contamination Study, which was conducted under the Workers' Family Protection Act (29 U.S.C. 671A).

Home And Workplace Risks To Toxic Exposure

Often, men who spent the day working with asbestos would come home with their clothing full of minute asbestos fibers. Their wives or daughters were exposed to the toxic substance while frequently shaking out and laundering the clothing. Sometimes children also breathed in fibers while hugging or wrestling with their dads or grandfathers.

Asbestos Manufacturers Need To Protect Workers' Spouses And Children

While asbestos manufacturers and distributors often claim that they do not owe a duty of care to contractors on their premises, the court has held that they actually owe a duty of care to individuals who were not even on the premises.

For instance, in Siemon v. US Steel and Kosch v. PPG, the court found that each asbestos defendant owed a duty of care to the wives who were exposed to asbestos through the laundering of clothing their husbands wore as contractors on the premises of the defendants.

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