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Swedish Researchers Examine Mesothelioma Risks in Construction Industry

Swedish researchers from Umea University’s Department of Health and Clinical Medicine recently concluded a study in which they suggest that a wide variety of construction workers face significant risks of suffering from mesothelioma – even if they didn’t work jobs known for higher rates of asbestos exposure.

According to the study, which was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, workers in the construction industry – especially those who perform jobs involving asbestos-containing products – have exhibited significant rates of mesothelioma.

Examples of the types of construction jobs with high rates of mesothelioma cases include:

Concrete workers
Wood workers
Plumbers
Painters
Electricians
Foremen
Researchers noted that while some of these occupations have long been associated with higher numbers of mesothelioma, asbestos exposure occurred across many different types of construction industry occupational groups. Their opinion was that protection against asbestos exposure may be an extremely difficult or nearly impossible task in construction.

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) establishes guidelines for protecting U.S. workers against exposure – including risk education, asbestos handling training, and proper protective gear – the Swedish study suggests that these regulations may not go far enough. You can read more about the study here.

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