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Construction Industry - Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma www.mesorc.com The construction industry has been central to the growth and advancement of any society. The people who make this progress possible through their hard work face many forms of danger at their jobs. The carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers and others, who make up the construction industry, face safety issues including falls, noise, heavy lifting, and machinery operation. However, one of the deadliest occupational hazards facing construction workers flew under the radar for years. This was the presence of asbestos at job sites. Asbestos, a mineral common in many building products, can release fibers and dust into the air when disturbed. When inhaled, an asbestos exposure can lead to a number of health problems. These include asbestosis and the following cancers: mesothelioma, lung, esophageal, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and pharyngeal. Construction Jobs at High Risk for Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Asbestos, a naturally occurring substance, was used in many construction materials because of its resistance to heat, electrical and chemical damage, sound absorption and tensile strength. One way asbestos fibers could be disturbed into the air at a construction site was when these materials were cut, shaved or ground to fit specific dimensions. This left every worker on a job site at risk for asbestos exposure, and not just those working directly with the materials. The following construction ...

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