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Why are renovation workers at greater risk from asbestos?

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2023 | Asbestos

Anyone who is working around asbestos faces a certain amount of risk. Plus, asbestos is a naturally occurring particle. Most people are going to be exposed to it at some point.

In the past, though, this exposure was greatest for people who were working with asbestos products. For instance, it was often used in tile for bathrooms or kitchens. It was also used in insulation for pipes. Construction workers or those installing home systems faced a high level of risk.

Today, much of this type of risk has already been prohibited. Asbestos is no longer used in tile or insulation because it is just too dangerous. Instead, the risk may be to renovation workers. They are not installing new products that contain asbestos, but they certainly may be removing outdated products that do.

Breaking up the particles

This increases the risk because asbestos particles are dangerous when you breathe them in. It’s never safe to be around asbestos tiles, for instance, but it is most dangerous if that tile is shattered, cracked or destroyed. These are precisely the types of things that renovation workers need to do when tearing out an old bathroom to install new materials. Simply by removing the products, they drastically increase the risk of inhalation and the potential development of mesothelioma in the future.

As a result, anyone working in these industries must be aware of their legal options. Asbestos exposure is quite dangerous and increases your odds of contracting a fatal disease like mesothelioma. When it is discovered, you may need to seek appropriate compensation.