Power plant workers and asbestos exposure remains a problem with consequences still felt today. Contractors often used asbestos containing materials during the construction of power plants. Facilities constructed before 1978 pose the highest risk, but those built after could still contain asbestos materials.
Furthermore, industrial engineers widely used asbestos as an electricity and heat insulator. Power plant equipment commonly utilized asbestos as a main component in shock-insulating barriers, boards and soft insulation products. Wiring and piping insulation also frequently contained a high percentage of asbestos components, as did steam pipes and turbines.
One survey of 7775 power plant employees found that the contingent faced heavy, repeated exposure to asbestos fibers as a whole. Those that worked in power generation faced the highest risk of exposure.
Power Plant Workers Asbestos Exposure and Related Cancer Risk
Corresponding with their high risk of exposure to asbestos containing materials, power plant workers also face a high risk of related cancer conditions. These conditions can take decades to develop, owing to a long latency period. Most cases are therefore diagnosed at an extremely late stage, making quick action a necessity when pursuing compensation.
Studies of power plant workers note a high incidence of malignant mesothelioma. Lung cancer levels also typically occur at a relatively high rate compared to the typical population.
Notable cases include two Israeli former power plant workers admitted for severe chest pain. Physicians discovered significant pleural thickening in both, as well as highly evident pleural effusion. Effusion indicates a buildup of fluid in the chest, making breathing difficult and potentially impossible.
If you or a family member once worked in a power plant and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related lung cancer or mesothelioma, contact Mesowatch immediately. You will receive prompt assistance as well as a free, confidential case evaluation. You will then connect with our nationwide team of leading asbestos attorneys in order to quickly pursue maximum compensation from all liable parties and available trust fund compensation.