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Asbestos Exposure Among Carpenters

A carpenter is one of many occupations in the construction industry and was an especially prominent position in the past. These individuals are responsible for framing out the inside of residential or commercial buildings, which requires the use of home-building materials like insulation, drywall, wood and cement.

Before the dangers of using asbestos were fully known in the United States, many carpenters were exposed to and handled products containing the substance. By hammering nails, using tools, sawing materials and performing other construction activities, asbestos particles were often released into the air for carpenters to inhale.

In the years since, we know the harmful effects asbestos exposure can have on carpenters. Those who worked as residential carpenters installing insulation or commercial carpenters working with the construction of large buildings may now be at risk for diseases of the lungs like mesothelioma.

Causes of Mesothelioma Among Carpenters

Past exposure to asbestos particles has led many former and current carpenters to experience mesothelioma symptoms. It’s important to note that older buildings may still contain asbestos products, so current carpenters working in older buildings should be aware and practice safe precautions while working.

Because of the long latency period associated with the disease, symptoms typically don’t show up until years after initial exposure to asbestos. Carpenters exposed to asbestos as far back as 50 years ago are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Common mesothelioma symptoms include:

• Chronic coughing
• Difficulty swallowing
• Fluid in the lungs
• Shortness of breath
• Chest pain
• Severe fatigue
• Fever
• And more

If you are a former or current carpenter who was exposed to asbestos, your risk of mesothelioma is increased. Learn more about mesothelioma and treatment options today.