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Secondary asbestos exposure is a risk

Some jobs have more inherent dangers than others. Although companies and workers take a number of safety precautions, accidents happen and workers become injured. In some cases, workers suffer exposure to substances that can cause illness. While the Georgia worker recognizes the possible dangers associated with the job, he or she does not typically recognize the possible dangers, such as asbestos exposure, that his or her family can face as well.

Unfortunately, secondary exposure is a concern. Asbestos is a fiber that can attach itself to clothing or other articles. Current regulations require that laundry and shower facilities be provided for workers who may be exposed. However, if these precautionary steps are overlooked or not performed because exposure is unknown, it is possible that the worker can take these dangerous fibers home.

Once the worker leaves the work site with fibers attached, it is possible that the fibers can be deposited onto furniture or the family laundry. For instance, if the worker sits on the couch to relax after work prior to changing clothes, these fibers can then be deposited onto the couch. They can then be transferred to another individual who sits on the couch. Additionally, if these articles of clothing are washed along with the household laundry, the fibers can be transferred to other articles of clothing.

Secondary asbestos exposure is rare. However, if the Georgia worker finds that a loved one suffers as a result of such exposure, it may be necessary to address the problem through legal means. Experienced legal counsel can analyze the situation and recommend the appropriate course of action.

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