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Indiana postal service potentially exposed employees to asbestos

At least four citations were given to a U.S. Postal Service office in West Baden Springs due to allegations that an employee was exposed to hazardous asbestos dust at work, an August 8 article of Indiana Public Media reported.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing a $49,720 fine to the postal service office to compensate for four alleged violations. The agency is charged with failure to clean asbestos-laden debris, failure to properly identify materials with asbestos, failure to train workers to become aware of asbestos hazards, and improper cleaning of asbestos-laden debris. OSHA said in June that a postal service office worker was exposed to tiles containing “15 percent chrysotile asbestos.”

Workers who have accidentally inhaled asbestos dust in the workplace are at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer, which affects the lungs. Though this rare cancer is fatal in nature, there are medications available that can prolong the lives of individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you want to learn more about asbestos hazards, feel free to fill out the contact form on this page.

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