AP reports that the number of Iron Rangers who have died from mesothelioma has risen. Mesothelioma is a rare and almost always fatal form of lung cancer associated with exposure to asbestos fibers. Mesothelioma often takes up to 30 years or more to show up.
If you believe you or a love one has been exposed to asbestos or has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important to speak with an experienced asbestos attorney. Many times, those who have been harmed may recover compensation for their injuries.
The Iron Ranger mesothelioma study determined that the number of ironworkers known to have died has risen from 63 to 82 in the last year. Initial reports suggested that the worker’s increased risk was due to asbestos exposure from commercial sources such as insulation on pipes, furnaces and boilers. However, others believe that the exposure causing mesothelioma is the result of asbestos-like fibers being released from the taconite rock during processing.
A study evaluating the ironworkers continues, with the results expected within the next 5 years. Early reports show that 1,681 taconite workers have developed some sort of lung cancer. The study will include a determination of how and where the asbestos came from and whether death rates of deceased taconite workers on higher on the Iron Range than within the general public.