Men are the most common victims of asbestos exposure and illnesses like mesothelioma, because asbestosis typically found in the following areas of employment:
- Construction and building demolition
- Repairs and renovations
- Custodial work
When the men went to fight
But men weren’t the only ones who held industrial jobs. During World War II, women were exposed to asbestos when they went to take their husbands’ places in manu factoring plants and factories. And, since these women took over the jobs previously performed by thousands of men who were fighting the war, the womens’ exposure was more concentrated.
But aside from male-dominated professions, asbestos was also common in workplaces where women were employed more regularly. Cosmetic manufacturing facilities and commercial dryers, for example, were places where asbestos exposure was a risk. Because protective gear was not provided, women would breathe in asbestos particles, and bring them home on their clothing. Studies reveal that women may be especially vulnerable to asbestos-related illnesses because their general risk for lung cancer is greater than that of men.
Asbestos exposure has also occurred through common household tasks. Years ago, asbestos was commonly used as plastering material for both interior and exterior stucco. It was also used on roofs to prevent water leakage and to provide insulation. While the installations were generally performed by men, the women who stayed at home to cook, clean and care for the children were exposed to this toxic mineral in as dust emanated from the walls. Please see Mesothelioma in Family Members.
Housewives who spend most of their time at home can also experience severe second-hand exposure if they live in close proximity to asbestos companies such as:
- Power plants
- Steel mills
- Building demolition sites
But secondary exposure to asbestos can be difficult to prove, especially if the only witness is a husband who has passed on. And a mesothelioma claim cannot exist without a way to prove exposure.
Unfortunately, women who contract mesothelioma at home may not be entitled to the same disability benefits as those who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis, please contact experienced mesothelioma lawyers, , LLP, for a free initial consultation.
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