Mining Companies Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos forms when the mineral peridotite reacts with extremely hot water. Since peridotite composes the majority of Earth’s upper crust layer, reactions transforming it into asbestos commonly occur. For this reason, miners find asbestos not just in designated asbestos mines, but also potentially anywhere on Earth.
Miners Additional Exposure to Products and Materials
Vermiculite miners, talc miners, coal miners, diamond miners and more all face the deadly consequences of mining companies and asbestos exposure. Miners may also risk asbestos exposure from equipment and cabling insulation they use. Industries like West Virginia coal mining require regular testing and control of asbestos exposure levels by law.
Mining Companies and Asbestos-Related Cancer Risk
Heightened exposure levels to asbestos fibers lead to an increased risk of developing cancers such as lung cancer or mesothelioma. Similar cancer risks have been measured for miners in other industries. Miners of a diamond, talc, coal, limestone and many other professions all face a heightened risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and lung scarring.
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Researchers on Libby Miners Fatality Rates
A highly productive vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana, provides a notable example. Vermiculite ore excavated from the Libby mine contained 4-6% asbestos. Asbestos fibers, disturbed during processing and shipping, saturated 40% of the airborne mill dust.
For instance, researchers found that Libby miners were 22 times more likely to die from mesothelioma compared to the normal population. They also exhibited a 70% increase in lung cancer deaths.
Mesothelioma Symptoms Revealed Too Late
Many of these miners’ symptoms of mesothelioma or lung cancer did not appear for many decades as a result of the long latency period for asbestos-related cancers. Therefore, anyone who worked in mining for any duration and has a cancer condition now could potentially attribute their cancer to asbestos exposure.
Legal Assistance for Asbestos Mining Workers
If you or a loved one once worked in mining and have since been diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer condition, contact Mesowatch today. You will receive immediate attention, as well as a free, confidential case evaluation. Connect with our nationwide legal team of asbestos litigation experts to quickly identify all liable parties and pursue rightful compensation.
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