Fisher Scientific employees exposed to asbestos
During the last century, Fisher Scientific made use of asbestos in large amounts, as the mineral has numerous convenient properties, such as excellent resistance to fire, electricity and a wide range of chemicals. Furthermore, it was also very cheap at the time. Most often, asbestos use comes to mind when we think about the construction industry, automotive industry, power, and chemical plants or shipbuilding industry. But its use was more common than we’d actually think. Fisher Scientific, like many other manufacturers at the time, has used asbestos-containing products like safety equipment, furnaces, and ovens, electric cables that often had asbestos insulation and other types of equipment that would come in contact with high temperatures such as mats, pads, countertops, and hoods on furnaces. The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of exposure to the asbestos products of this company are:
Fisher Scientific’s use of asbestos was due to its properties of withstanding high temperatures and its fireproofing qualities, which were vital for manufacturers. Despite that, they have failed to warn their employees about the health risks of working in an asbestos-contaminated environment. Considering this, former employees of Fisher Scientific need to pay close attention to their health.