Cement Finishers and Asbestos Exposure
If a cement finisher mixed, polished or spread concrete on a regular basis, it is very likely that they inhaled asbestos fibers and are now at risk for developing mesothelioma. Asbestos was often used in cement and concrete products in constructing buildings and homes.
It was not initially known that asbestos was harmful, and cement finishers may not have realized that breathing asbestos dust or fibers was dangerous. Many times cement finishers work with their product directly and mix it by hand, and cement was also likely to get on their hair and clothing. When the cement dries, cement finishers are put at an increased risk of asbestos exposure for themselves and for their families if it was not thoroughly washed off before heading home.
Is There Still a Risk of Asbestos Exposure?
There are still a great number of older buildings and homes that still have asbestos-containing materials in them. If a cement finisher is involved in the remodeling or maintenance of a structure that has asbestos-containing materials, it puts them at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), released a study that showed older concrete as having high levels of asbestos in it. If a cement finisher is working to fix or remove concrete that was manufactured with asbestos in it, asbestos fibers or dust can get released and the cement finisher can inhale it.
Cement Finishers and Mesothelioma
If a cement finisher was every exposed to asbestos dust or fibers, they are still at risk of developing mesothelioma. The symptoms can take decades to appear and cement finishers who worked with asbestos-containing products many years ago may only now be experiencing symptoms.