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The name Asbestos came about after the 19th century when it was discovered that it had high insulating properties. Since then, it has played a major role in protecting the workers in construction industry. Because of its amazing fire resistance and strength asbestos was used in various construction material for insulation and even as a flame retardant. Asbestos was also used in many manufactured products, most importantly in building materials (ceiling and floor tiles, roofing shingles, light bulbs, brake pads, and gas pipes) and friction products (jet engine parts, tires, oil and grease, friction parts, automotive clutch, and brake pads).

Asbestos construction materials and products have been used widely in the world for decades. Unfortunately, asbestos use has been linked to serious lung illnesses and death over the course of the past two decades. The majority of asbestos cases in the US so far have been related to lung illnesses and mesothelioma, which is a form of lung cancer. It is estimated that approximately 50% of the people that have developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure have been exposed at some time in their history to one type of asbestos or another. Most people who developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure were employed at job sites where they were exposed to asbestos products such as building materials and insulation.

As with any other profession or occupation that has high risk of exposure, there are jobs that are considered to be lower risk than others. In the case of asbestos, those jobs include positions that are higher in risk, such as those that are associated with industries or businesses that produce items that could contain asbestos, such as furnace filters or ceiling tiles. While there is not currently a definite connection between working in industries that contain this material and developing mesothelioma, there are some occupations that are more prone to developing the disease than others.

However, one industry that is not included in this list is the sale and rental of homes, because at this point, laws have not banned all asbestos products. Asbestos fibre’s are especially dangerous to those who are in the lungs. Mesothelioma can affect anyone, regardless of age, and often begins in the early stages of life as a benign condition, progressing to malignant mesothelioma in individuals over the age of 50.

Some of the most common symptoms from asbestos exposure are difficulty breathing, chest pains, coughing, and chest swellings. Other symptoms from asbestos exposure are abdominal pain and/or wight loss, and abdominal swelling and changes in skin tone and texture. Additionally, asbestos particles can cause difficulty with digesting food and can cause anemia. Inhaled asbestos can cause a variety of lung disorders including asbestosis and mesothelioma. While many people will recover from these symptoms after they quit working with asbestos products, some will continue to suffer from this condition for their entire lives.

There are a number of ways to contract mesothelioma; the most common way is through being exposed to asbestos on the job. Many workers at the power plant do not wear any protection when they are drilling or working with old asbestos pipes and power plant parts. Over time, these individuals can develop serious health conditions because the asbestos dust is inhaled. Asbestos dust can be inhaled into the lungs and then breathed in by the worker. Additionally, small pieces of the asbestos can get stuck in the worker’s throat and mouth and cause problems.

Due to the nature of asbestos products and the way they are manufactured, there is a high risk of getting the illness from directly handled asbestos products such as fireproofing, ceiling tiles, and asbestos shingles. Additionally, asbestos gets into building materials during the installation process. The most common way this happens is through products that have been heat treated; specifically, sheet metal, pipes, ceiling tiles, and flooring. If asbestos products are not properly heat treated, they will become brittle and break down over time. Unfortunately, the improper treatment can allow asbestos to escape into the air where it can be inhaled by those around the worker. If asbestos exposure is not stopped early enough, the illness could prove deadly.

The illnesses felt from working with asbestos can range from the debilitating to life threatening. Due to a lack of protection, some construction workers do not feel comfortable bringing their illness to the attention of their supervisors and risk losing their jobs. The use of specific HVAC cleaners and dust prevention techniques, however, can ensure that construction workers remain fit and safe while working on building sites.