Asbestos is known to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. However, unprotected workers across the U.S. continue to face enormous health and safety risks from exposure because some companies are violating the law.
Recent findings suggest that contractors involved in building, construction and demolition are not following asbestos abatement procedures. In fact, federal investigators have cited numerous companies for failure to comply with the Clean Air Act and workplace standards that require proper stripping, bagging, removal and disposal of asbestos materials. OSHA violations range from unlicensed contractors, lack of training for workers, improper clothing or safety equipment, improper documentation and improper disposal.
Workers who are employed in building and construction, automotive, railroad, and shipbuilding industries are at higher risks of asbestos exposure. Workers who are exposed have a greater chance of developing asbestos-related diseases such as asbestos pleural disease, asbestos, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
If you or a family member has been injured due to asbestos exposure in the workplace, contact the workers compensation personal injury attorneys of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for help. Our lawyers have helped hundreds of Iowa workers obtain workers’ compensation benefits and we welcome the opportunity to assist you and your family.