Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Asbestos fibers on worker's clothes proved fatal for wife

Inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to lung diseases.
Exposing workers to unsafe levels of airborne pollutants can have dire consequences not only for workers but also their families.

A coroner ruled that a woman who washed her husband’s clothes died after contracting cancer from the asbestos dust from his overalls.

The woman contracted mesothelioma in the spring of 2011 and died in October the same year.

Her husband of more than 60 years was a carpenter and was working for a construction and renovation company, doing work that often involved handling asbestos-containing building materials such as ceiling tiles and asbestos-lined pipes.

His wife shook out his dusty clothes each day before washing them, which exposed her to asbestos fibers.

Asbestos fibers can be harmful when they are disturbed and inhaled.

They can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause lung disease such as asbestosis or cancer such as mesothelioma years after the exposure occurred.

The woman’s husband was arguably exposed to larger amounts of asbestos fibers, but never developed cancer.

Source: Reading Post 

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  1. This is such a tragic story! Proof that this toxic chemical not only affects those exposed, but also their family and close ones. I fear that our children will still be dealing with the effects of it 50 years from now. They recently found some of the toxic chemical in school science kits! http://bit.ly/AsbestosinSchoolBlog

  2. Asbestos fibers can be unfavorable when they are unstable and inhaled. So, there's no reason for me to used this as one of the ingredients/materials in fiber making. It will just create fear for those buyer.

  3. Assure that the contractor avoids spreading or tracking asbestos dust into other areas of your home. They should seal the work area from the rest of the house using plastic sheeting and duct tape, and also turn off the heating and air conditioning system.
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  4. Asbestos removal should be given proper handling. This is to ensure safety. I do agree with, an independent contractor is best for this

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  7. Workers who are exposed to Asbestos are generally not aware of it. That makes it more dangerous as people won't cover their nose and inhale more deeply into their lungs the dust of Asbestos which eventually causes cancer.