A warning has been issued regarding erionite, a mineral that naturally occurs in nature, by a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently found that erionite, a material that occurs in many parts of the Western United States, can produce airborne fibers similar to the asbestos fibers that can trigger mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer. Erionite is found in gravel pits and gravel that is used to surface roads and becomes airborne once it is disturbed.
In 2011, a study was conducted in North Dakota on individuals who may have had high exposures to erionite. Two of the individuals, who were road maintenance workers, were found to have adverse medical affects from the mineral.
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.
There are presently no preventative measures or occupational exposure limits for erionite and it is currently being evaluated for exposure risks.
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.