Workers in some industries, such as mining, rock drilling, manufacturing, shipbuilding, automotive body shops, construction and demolition, are constantly exposed to dust. Some workers must wear respiratory protection such as dust masks and/or respirators to prevent the inhalation of airborne particles that can trigger breathing problems and serious respiratory diseases such as black lung and silicosis. These serious diseases are caused by very small dust particles that cannot be seen by the human eye.
Employers in certain industries are required to provide workers with masks or air-purifying respirators. For example, workers in coal mines wear masks in certain areas of the mine to prevent breathing coal dust and particulates that cause respiratory problems.
A defective respirator or dusk mask can allow exposure to deadly tiny particles, leading to serious lung damage and diseases such as silicosis, a disabling and sometimes fatal incurable lung disease caused by inhalation of silica dust, or black lung, a disease caused by exposure to coal dust. Moreover, exposure to some dust particles can cause certain types of cancer.
The mask that your employer issued or recommended for use may or may not have been a defective mask. Your employer probably followed federal regulations for standards of a safe mask based on manufacturer’s guarantees. Despite these efforts, your mask may still have been defective. Your employer was not in the business of determining whether a mask was safe, but was operating under the guarantee by mask manufacturers that your mask was safe.
If you or a loved one has developed a lung disease as a result of a defective dust mask, you need to talk to a knowledgeable St. Louis personal injury lawyer who has experience helping workers and other individuals harmed by a defective dust mask or respirator.
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The skilled personal injury lawyers at The Cagle Law Firm assist workers and other individuals harmed by a defective dust mask or other respiratory products in Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois and other states. Regardless of the state where you live, The Cagle Law firm may be able to assist you.
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