Who is at Risk of Asbestos Exposure?

Who is at Risk of Asbestos Exposure?

Jul 05

Asbestos was once recognized for its fire resistant properties and thus widely used in a number of building and other materials. Its growing popularity was ended as asbestos exposure was linked to the development of asbestosis and even more serious mesothelioma cancer. After regulation took place, it was exposed that some professions were more at risk of asbestos exposure than others.

Military veterans are often noted as the most at risk for asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma. For a number of years, asbestos was used across all branches of the military. For Navy veterans, the risk lies in the building materials for the ships, submarines, and aircraft carriers that often included asbestos. These risks were also associated with Air Force Veterans and Marine Corp veterans exposed to hazardous aircrafts and ships. Even general Army Veterans are at risk of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma development.

Commercial and industrial workers were also at an increased risk for asbestos exposure, according to the website of Williams Kherkher. The job sites where this was common include construction sites, oil refineries, power plants, steel mills, and chemical plants. These sites all had the risk of fire leading to the early use of asbestos to be common.

However, it is not just workers who are at risk for exposure to asbestos. With the increase of individuals taking on do-it-yourself renovations on older homes, the risk of asbestos exposure increases as well. Before the regulation of asbestos, it was widely used in the building of homes in insulation, flooring, roofing, and more. This means that when an individual cuts into or saws through these materials, asbestos dust and fibers are released into the air. Many of those who take on renovations do not take the proper safety precautions to avoid asbestos fibers and are at increased risk of inhaling them and developing mesothelioma.

It has even been found that asbestos exposure can occur second hand. When workers come home with asbestos fibers on their clothes or hair, other individuals can inhale them and experience the same risks as those directly in contact with asbestos. This exposure can lead to the fatal cancer Mesothelioma as well as other health problems.

Workers’ Compensation under the Longshore Act

Workers’ Compensation under the Longshore Act

Jun 26

Most employees in the US are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, but some occupations are much more dangerous than others. One industry where worker injuries are notoriously frequent is construction, and it is immediately apparent why. However, an occupation that poses daily risks which is not so obvious is for workers in the maritime industry. Workers’ compensation for these workers is slightly different because of the terms of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (Longshore Act).

The Longshore Act is a federal law that was enacted 87 years ago in 1927, and covers workers that are not covered under the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (Jones Act). Any attorney experienced in workers’ compensation law would be aware of this special law. It is similar to workers’ compensation for other industries in that is mandatory for eligible employers and the coverage. The Longshore Act covers compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Permanent or temporary total disability
  • Permanent or temporary partial disability
  • Non-scheduled permanent partial disability
  • Permanent partial disability for retirees
  • Rehabilitation

However, the Longshore Act is administered by a special division of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs specific to covered employees (Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation).  In addition, the workers’ compensation as mandated by the Longshore Act is more generous than the standard workers’ compensation package, and in 1984 the Act was amended so that eligible maritime employees would receive benefits in addition to regular workers’ compensation in accordance with a Supreme Court decision in 1980.

If you suffered a workplace injury as an eligible employee under the Longshore Act, you should know what compensation you can receive. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, you could also consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer in the area to find out of benefits are available to you under the law. These legal areas require a lot of specific paperwork that a lawyer can help you gather and understand.