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Nevada workers may be exposed to asbestos in the workplace

While most employers in Nevada want to make sure their workplaces are safe for employees, dangers can still exist that could have a negative impact on a worker's health. For example, one occupational disease that some people have contracted through their work is pleural mesothelioma, which is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos in the workplace.

Pleural mesothelioma affects a person's lungs. Between 1999 and 2015, it is estimated that around 280 individuals in Nevada lost their lives due to mesothelioma. Most mesothelioma cases in the state occurred in Clark County.

Some workers in Nevada contracted mesothelioma from working in the construction industry. They were exposed to asbestos fibers in insulation either by erecting, renovating or tearing down buildings. In fact, it is known that certain resorts in Las Vegas, such as Caesars Palace and the Hilton Hotel, among others, contain asbestos.

Those who work in the transportation industry may also be exposed to asbestos, especially if they worked at a railroad company. Certain train components contain asbestos which a worker would be exposed to, and possibly contract mesothelioma from.

Another workplace in which employees might contract mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure are power plants. Asbestos is used in power plants to stop fires from starting and to protect wires. For example, it is known that the Nevada Power Company, among others, has exposed workers to asbestos.

In the end, whether a person has contracted mesothelioma or any other occupational disease, they may find that their poor health prevents them from working, sometimes permanently. When this happens, they may want to work with an attorney to determine if they can seek workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can be the financial lifeline needed to make ends meet when a person cannot work.

Source:, "Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure in Nevada," Accessed Oct. 22, 2017

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