A report issued by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) warns that the mineral erionite can produce airborne fibers similar to the asbestos fibers that can trigger mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer.
Erionite is a material that occurs in many parts of the Western United States. Typically found in gravel pits and gravel that is used to surface roads, it can become airborne once it is disturbed. There are presently no preventative measures or occupational exposure limits for erionite. It is currently being evaluated for exposure risks.
“Erionite-related disease has most often been reported in road construction and maintenance workers with potential occupational exposures to erionite-containing gravel used in road surfacing,” states the NIOSH report. NIOSH is a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In 2011, a North Dakota study was conducted on individuals who may have had high exposures to erionite. Two of the study participants, who were road maintenance workers, were found to have suffered adverse medical affects from their exposure to the mineral.
If you were exposed to erionite or asbestos and fall ill due to your exposure, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Sokolove Law today for a free legal consultation.