South Carolina consumers trust companies to provide safe and effective products. When these expectations are violated, an individual's safety, health and well-being may be at risk. An out-of-state woman is currently seeking $28 million from Johnson & Johnson, claiming that baby powder contaminated with asbestos caused her to develop mesothelioma.
South Carolina workers are at particular risk for exposure to the deadly asbestos, especially when clearing away debris from work sites. An out-of-state crew claims that they were knowingly subjected to asbestos exposure when an apartment complex repeatedly denied the existence of the toxic substance. At least two former workers are now suing the complex.
Baby powder was once largely comprised of talc, a substance that is frequently contaminated with asbestos. In the past, this type of talc baby powder was a commonly-used substance by many in South Carolina, and now some residents may be developing devastating health consequences. Exposure to asbestos is known to cause the deadly cancer mesothelioma.
Analyzing the potential of asbestos exposure for high-risk workers is essential for keeping them safe on the job. Unfortunately, those who are most likely to encounter asbestos will be left out of the Environmental Protection Agency's new risk analysis strategy. Leaving these workers out of the equation could put more people in South Carolina at risk for developing mesothelioma, a deadly cancer associated with exposure to asbestos.