Even though it is highly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, asbestos continues to be a problem at many construction sites throughout the country, including many here in Arizona. Work injuries due to asbestos exposure often do not manifest right away. It could take years for symptoms of exposure to appear, and the results are often deadly.
Construction jobs that involve demolition, renovation or repairs could expose workers to this dangerous substance. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can damage lung tissue, which causes a buildup of scar tissue, called asbestosis. Lung function will then begin to degrade, and ultimately, an individual becomes permanently disabled before dying. Exposure could also lead to mesothelioma, which is a cancer that is almost exclusively caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers and is nearly always deadly.