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Injured workers harmed by asbestos still a problem in the US

Many construction workers in Tennessee believe that asbestos dangers are a thing of the past. However, the United States continues to import approximately 1,160 tons of this cancer-causing substance into the country each year. Not only that, but an estimated 35 million buildings contain asbestos in the United States right now, and any employees in those buildings could be in danger of becoming injured workers with asbestos-related diseases

National and international health, occupational safety and research organizations agree. Exposure to asbestos must be avoided. Simply put, there is no level of exposure that is considered safe.

Diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer are commonly suffered by individuals and workers who have been exposed to asbestos. In fact, the annual death toll from asbestos-caused health issues is estimated at more than 107,000 across the globe. An additional 125 million employees suffer exposure to the substance while performing their job duties globally.

Business owners, banks and other financial institutions must avoid investing in asbestos-related mining activities. They must also take action to ensure their employees are not in danger of exposure. Any injured workers in Tennessee who suspect that a disease or illness has been caused by asbestos exposure can try to obtain state-funded workers' compensation assistance to pay for medical care and loss of income from employment. Also, family members of employees who died due to an asbestos-caused illness can -- in certain cases -- pursue financial assistance to cover the loss of family income and other end of life expenses resulting from their loved one's unfortunate death.

Source: maineatwork.bangordailynews.com, "Asbestos Still Plagues our Country Today", Jeff Cohen, April 8, 2014

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