According to WZTV-TV, Nashville Electric Service has been accused of exposing workers to asbestos in a lawsuit filed against the company.
The station reported that attorneys for NES are attempting to dismiss the case, arguing that public utility companies should be treated like government entities, thus making them immune from litigation under the Tennessee Worker’s Compensation Act.
The lawsuit alleges that in 2014, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) issued NES 17 violations for exposing workers to asbestos. “Our inspection documented that NES knew that there was potentially asbestos fibers present and they had relied on some sampling that was incomplete,” a TOSHA administrator said, according to WZTV.
The exposure allegedly came as workers were splicing underground cables, as NES reportedly did not provide them with “half-mask air purifying respirators” and other safety devices used when dealing with asbestos abatement.
In the lawsuit, employees are seeking damages for medical costs.
Why is Asbestos Exposure Dangerous?
Asbestos exposure is taken very seriously by the government and by courts because it has been linked to various forms of cancer, including mesothelioma.
In many cases, exposure occurs at jobsites, as many building products sold prior to the 1970s contained asbestos. This has led to many construction workers, electricians and plumbers being exposed to dangerous materials on-the-job.
Sadly, mesothelioma is often deadly for victims, as the disease attacks organs including the lungs and heart. If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos on the job, it may be a good idea to immediately speak to a doctor and an attorney, who may be able to help you hold your employer liable for placing you at risk.
You may also be able to collect workers’ compensation if your condition leaves you unable to work.
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