Workers' Memorial Day for people who suffered from mesothelioma

Prominent New York mesothelioma
attorney Joseph Belluck said that the
recently celebrated Workers ’ Memorial Day served as a time to remember
those who have died from
preventable workplace diseases as
well as to renew efforts to make
workplaces free from cancer-causing
materials such as asbestos. Asbestos is a human carcinogen and is known
to cause mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Workers ’ Memorial Day took place April 28, marking the anniversary of
the founding of the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration, the
federal agency whose mission is to
protect workers from job-related
injuries and diseases.

“On April 28, we joined in mourning with the thousands of families who
have lost loved ones to cancers that
could have been prevented through
safer workplaces, ” said Belluck, a partner in Belluck & Fox LLP, a New
York City law firm that represents
victims of mesothelioma throughout
the country.

“The best way to honor those who have fallen is to step up our efforts to
rid our country’s workplaces of harmful materials, such as asbestos,
which has been linked to a variety of
deadly diseases, including
mesothelioma,” he said.

Pleural mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by microscopic
asbestos fibers becoming lodged in
the thin lining that encases the lungs.
Close to 3,000 Americans are
diagnosed with the cancer yearly.
Although there is no cure for mesothelioma, it can be treated with
varying degrees of success through
the use of surgical procedures,
chemotherapy and radiation.

Thousands of workers in a variety of
industries have been affected by the
dangerous nature of asbestos fibers.
Certain industries, such as the
construction and the maritime
industries, have a greater occurrence of asbestos-related disease than
others do. Some of the construction trades most at risk from asbestos include (but are not limited to):
insulators, plumbers and pipefitters,
electricians, sheet metal workers, or
construction workers involved in the
remodeling, or demolition of an old
(pre-1970′s) building.

“It’s time that we place a permanent, global ban on this harmful, deadly
material and make a concerted effort
to remove and destroy it,” Belluck said. “Unfortunately, wherever asbestos remains in the workplace without
being safely removed, and wherever it
appears in newly manufactured
products, people will continue to die.”

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