Employers can no longer plead ignorance regarding the dangers of asbestos. It has been decades since the public has been made aware of the link between asbestos and mesothelioma – the rare form of cancer that usually proves fatal.
Companies must protect their workers in every aspect. If not, these employers are liable and face legal action from mesothelioma victims and their families. What are some of the reasons that point to a company’s liability?
Failure to provide protective gear
Companies remain liable for their employees’ mesothelioma for:
- Failing to disclose the presence of asbestos: Employers must inform their workers as to whether asbestos exists in the workplace. Asbestos-containing products are used to fireproof ships, building and homes, insulate pipes and in building materials such as siding, ceilings, floor tiles and drywall.
- Neglecting to make them aware of the dangers of asbestos: Educating their employees about the health hazards related to asbestos exposure is essential. This should be another priority done so even during the hiring process.
- Continuing to use asbestos even though the employer knows the health risks: The move away from using asbestos is happening. However, some employers may give a wink, cross their fingers and continue to rely on asbestos-containing materials.
- Failing to provide personal protective equipment: The proper work clothing and accessories are necessary if working in an environment that contains asbestos. This may include a respirator, safety mask, disposable coveralls, boots and eyewear.
Precautions are necessary for any employer that works with asbestos-containing materials. Companies must understand of its dangers and that the safety of its workers is a priority.
Inaction, noncompliance and greed
If you suspect work-related exposure to asbestos contributed to your illness, take action. Your employer likely is liable due to inaction, noncompliance and greed.