New York firefighters are ready at a moment’s notice to save lives even if it involves risking their own.
But you shouldn’t have your health harmed by a preventable hazard – like deadly asbestos fibers which can be found on various work areas.
Federal work safety researchers are currently conducting major research on whether firefighters have a higher risk of cancer, as has long been suspected.
One of the major causes of cancer that firefighters face is asbestos, which causes a respiratory cancer known as mesothelioma.
Older houses, commercial buildings and boilers all contain asbestos insulation and building materials. The damage to a house or structure during a fire can release asbestos fibers into air, allowing the toxic fibers to be inhaled.
Information About Mesothelioma Risk for Firefighters
- Ways that Firefighters are Exposed to Asbestos on the Job – Firefighters are at risk of exposure to asbestos from a variety of sources on the job. But firefighters most likely won’t recognize the symptoms of asbestos disease for decades.
- 9/11 Asbestos Exposure and the FDNY – Asbestos was used to insulate the lower half of the first World Trade Center tower. A pattern has emerged of negative health effects among firefighters who responded to 9/11. That pattern persuaded a medical advisory panel in 2012 to recommend adding mesothelioma to the list of cancers and diseases for which firefighters and first responders should receive compensation and treatment.
- Old Fire Houses and Asbestos – The renovation and remodeling of older fire halls and boiler rooms can expose firefighters to cancer-causing asbestos fibers if the work is not conducted properly.
- Firefighters’ Turnout Gear and Asbestos – Firefighters’ protective gear, such as helmets, gloves and pumps, no longer contains asbestos as it once did. But firefighters may have their turnout gear coated with toxic asbestos dust while battling a fire or moving about in a fire-damaged structure.
- Arson Investigators and Asbestos Exposure – As part of a fire scene investigation, arson investigators spend hours at a fire scene, identifying and preserving evidence of arson. When a blaze occurs in an older house or building, there is a chance that the structure contains asbestos materials such as asbestos insulation, asbestos floor coverings and asbestos pipe wrap.
- Firefighters’ Families and Secondhand Exposure to Asbestos – Older building materials and boilers encountered during the course of fighting a fire may contain asbestos. Firefighters can carry asbestos dust into their homes, exposing their families to dangerous asbestos fibers.
A lot of skilled workers such as shipbuilders, foundry workers, fire fighters, automobile manufacturers and mechanics, construction workers, utility men, sheet metal fabricators, lathers and even engineers are often exposed to asbestos.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma , let theNew York City dedicated asbestos lawyers at Belluck & Fox, LLP to work for you and your family.