If you live in Saskatchewan and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, certain Saskatoon industries or job sites may be responsible for your exposure. Workers in the potash, uranium, oil refinery and processing industries may have been exposed on the job and they, in turn, may have unknowingly exposed their loved ones to this deadly substance. Asbestos can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis as well as other asbestos-caused cancers and illnesses.
Do you have mesothelioma, know someone who does or have you lost someone to this terrible disease? If so, you probably want answers and we may be able to help you get them. In addition to finding out how and where you were exposed to asbestos that caused your illness, we can tell you who is ultimately responsible – both legally and financially – for what was done to you and we can help you pursue restitution.
What industries could have exposed workers to asbestos?
You may think you had to have worked in a shipping or rail yard or auto manufacturing plant to be exposed to deadly asbestos, but in fact, there is an unfortunately wide range of industries that exposed workers to asbestos. These are everyday jobs and industries that are in every town across Saskatchewan and Canada at large.
Construction jobsites, which are present everywhere, carry one of the highest asbestos exposure risks. Thousands of types of commercial construction materials have been shown to contain asbestos and exposed workers that handled them to the substance and also put their families at risk for potential second-hand exposure. Roughly one-fourth of mesothelioma cases arise from construction industries!
Here is a listing of just a few of the construction related jobs at risk for asbestos exposure over the past many decades:
- Drywall workers
- Tile installers
- Insulation installers
- Flooring installers
- Masons and bricklayers
Howard Willems, one of the primary advocates for Saskatchewan’s recently mandated asbestos registry, is from Saskatoon. Howard’s Law is named for Mr. Willems – a longtime building inspector that died from mesothelioma caused by exposure to the toxic substance in the public buildings he inspected. Willems died from lung cancer in November 2012 while still fighting for the registry and was honored by the Canadian Cancer Society posthumously in 2013. His illness shows just how dangerous asbestos in construction can be.
What job sites specific to Saskatoon may have exposed workers to asbestos?
In addition to construction industries, those that work in brake, transmission and auto repair shops could have been exposed. In addition, older government and public buildings such as universities, hospitals, jails and courthouses were constructed with asbestos and when they fell into disrepair, asbestos fibers trapped in sheetrock, ceilings, floor tiles and insulating materials can leech into the air and be breathed in by workers with no idea they’d been exposed.
Workers in potash and chemical processing facilities may have been exposed to asbestos. While potash itself is not flammable, the process that converts it into fertilizer can run flammability risks and thus job sites were built with asbestos because it was a cheap fire-proofing material. Mines are at a high risk for fire danger, so fire proofing materials are used extensively. Saskatoon and its nearby areas have both potash and uranium mines that may have put workers at risk!
Oil refineries are at high risk for fire and requires heavy fire-proofing. Up until recently, this was accomplished in large part by use of cheap and deadly asbestos. Light and power stations, such as Saskatoon Light & Power and the Queen Elizabeth Power Station are also sites of potential asbestos exposure. Any facility that used asbestos in the construction of its buildings, fire proofing materials, fire safety equipment or parts used in manufacturing potentially exposed workers!
What should you do if you’re not sure where you could have been exposed to asbestos?
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is very likely it was caused by asbestos. Even if you can’t figure out where you could have been exposed, Bergman Draper Oslund can help. Because we’ve specialized in asbestos litigation for decades, we have conducted extensive research on exposure sites in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and all over Canada.
The first thing to do after you’re diagnosed with mesothelioma, is contact us for help getting the answers you deserve. You have the right to know how you were exposed and who is responsible for putting you in harm’s way. If we can link your mesothelioma to a known asbestos exposure site, we can help you pursue compensation for the damages done to you.
Even if you’ve never worked in what you consider a “high risk” industry, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ve seen cases where family members were exposed second-hand when parents, spouses or other family worked in asbestos-tainted work environments and brought home the microscopic fibers on their clothes, hair and skin. When you hug, interact with your loved one or launder their clothes that have asbestos on them, you could be at risk. Because the fibers are invisible to the naked eye, you would have no idea you’d been exposed by a loved one!
Mesothelioma is a slow-moving killer that often goes undiagnosed until late stages and then robs the victim of many of their golden years. It is a disease of the hardest working that was largely preventable had industries and companies protected their workers. Instead, many companies chose profits and used asbestos because it was cheap – even though they knew asbestos made workers sick!
We can help you find the answers you deserve and seek compensation for the disease that you have been stricken with through no fault of your own. There are a couple of reasons for you to pursue restitution for the asbestos damage done to your body. First is that companies should not be allowed to abuse workers by knowingly putting them in unsafe environments. Seeking financial redress sends a clear message that their choices were wrong and will not be tolerated. Second, if we can win you a settlement, it will make it easier for you to afford much-needed medical care, palliative treatment and to leave a financial bequest for your loved ones.
Bergman Draper Oslund has been fighting for the rights of workers hard hit by mesothelioma for decades. Asbestos law is all we do and we have an outstanding track record. We have won over $700 million for our asbestos clients and were recently honored by the American Association for Justice for a recent verdict of $1.45 million for a maritime worker. Contact us now to see what we can do for you!