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Electricians and Asbestos Exposure

An electrician risk asbestos exposure if they are working at a site during the remodeling, expanding or rewiring of an older building that has asbestos-containing materials in it.  If asbestos dust or fibers gets into the air, electricians can inhale it and this can cause serious harm.

Since electricians are work in the construction or renovation of a building or home, they risk exposure to asbestos.  Asbestos was commonly used until the late 1970s, so many older homes and buildings still have this deadly material in it.  Electricians are often at a jobsite when other type of construction work is being done, and if asbestos is disturbed, the fibers and dust get released into the air and this can be inhaled.

Mesothelioma and Electricians

An electrician may work come across asbestos if it was utilized as insulation around piping, conduits or electrical transformers.  They also risk exposure at work since they are often working with other construction workers who are handling asbestos-containing materials.  If the materials that contain asbestos are not handled properly, asbestos dust or fibers get released into the air and this can be inhaled.  Since the symptoms of mesothelioma can take decades to appear, electricians who were exposed in the 1950s or 1960s may just now be experiencing symptoms.