Construction Workers and Asbestos: Risks and Prevention

Construction workers face a heightened risk of occupational asbestos exposure, increasing their susceptibility to developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. The presence of asbestos in construction materials, such as paint, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, plaster, roof shingles, and drywall, poses a threat to individuals who work with and around these materials.

Various trades within the construction industry are particularly at risk, including bricklayers, crane operators, carpenters, demolition and maintenance crews, home renovators, insulation workers, laborers, pipefitters, plasterers, plumbers, masonry workers, roofers, tile setters, and more.

Asbestos dust has the potential to rapidly spread across job sites, exposing many individuals in a short period. The toxic dust can also adhere to clothing, hair, and tools, posing a risk to construction workers’ families. This secondary exposure risk may lead to the development of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Products used by construction workers that may contain asbestos include but are not limited to:

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