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Asbestos Exposure in Unexpected Occupations

by | Mar 18, 2013 | Asbestos

Asbestos exposure is a publicized and very real danger when it comes to construction jobs and pipe-fitting. But those who work in construction are not the only ones that are in danger of suffering the injuries of asbestos exposure. This fibrous material has been known to have an adverse effect on the lungs and to sometimes kick start serious forms of cancer. Now, researchers have determined that lost-wax casting workers also suffer the dangers of asbestos exposure.

This means that anyone who works with molding can be exposed to this dangerous substance. Some of those that use molding are dentists who are creating molds for teeth and artists that use the molds to create their works. Asbestos that is used in the process can put people at risk because they may inhale some of the fibers from the substance. These fibers can then become trapped in the lungs and cause asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.

The los-wax process is also commonly used when crafting fine jewelry out of silver and gold, so jewelers are also at risk to asbestos exposure. Jewelers can also suffer asbestos exposure during the soldering process when they are creating jewelry. This is because the soldering process can include using protective asbestos plates but soldering will break these plates down and caused the asbestos fibers to become airborne and therefore inhalable. In dentistry, casting is used to create corrective dental pieces such as crowns, inlays and bridges in the mouth.

Asbestos can be replaced with ceramic or absorbent paper of these molds, but some dentists may fail to replace their products and but themselves at risk to this kind of dangerous exposure. As well, artists who are sculpting may be exposed to asbestos in the form of serpentine, soapstone, and greenstone. If you want more information about asbestos exposure and how to seek compensation if you have been injured because of this danger in your workplace, then a lawyer at Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman is able to come alongside you and stand beside you while you ask for worker’s compensation. These New York workers’ compensation lawyers want to make sure that you are treated fairly and will do all within their power to see you given the money that you deserve.