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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.

450 workers in Australia claim asbestos exposure

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union in Australia estimated that 450 workers signed an asbestos register due to concerns that they came into contact with asbestos while working at Perth Children’s Hospital, WA News reported.

Roof drillers feared that they exposed workers to asbestos dust while drilling roof panels on July 11 after a “white substance” enveloped them at work. The premises was still accessible the following day as authorities tried to determine whether the white substance was asbestos. The government of Barnett had a contract with John Holland for the construction of the hospital facility. John Holland obtained their roof panels from the Chinese company Yuanda. Australian authorities are seeking an explanation from Yuanda as to why the white dust came from the panels. John Holland said they will individually meet with potentially exposed workers to obtain more information about the incident.

Workers are at a high risk of contracting a rare but fatal lung cancer called mesothelioma if they accidentally inhale asbestos dust in the workplace. Though the illness has no cure, seeking help from an attorney can be beneficial for patients who need medication funds to prolong their lives. Find out how an attorney could work for you by filling out the contact form on this page today.

Retired worker died of mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure

A Coroner’s Court recently confirmed that a Berkeley man formerly employed in a shipyard facility died of an industrial disease as a result of asbestos exposure, a July 2 article of Gazette reported.

The Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court confirmed on June 30 that retired shipyard worker Wynston Armstrong, 86, died of mesothelioma cancer on January 26 as a result of asbestos exposure in his workplace. The Hill Crest resident, who worked for John Harker Ltd. from 1946 to 1986, described how he was exposed to asbestos dust to the court. Based on imaging results from a hospital facility where Armstrong was confined, he had a tumor in his lungs and experienced breathing difficulties after detecting his mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare but fatal cancer linked to asbestos exposure in many workplaces, including shipyards. If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos, get in touch with an attorney by filling out the contact form on this page today.

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