There is no cure for mesothelioma. Yet in 2010, the link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, having been firmly established, many jobs still require workers to work with or near asbestos. Reports of asbestos products being uncovered in buildings or other environments, and the continuing work of asbestosis lawyers to pursue asbestosis or mesothelioma compensation , are grim reminders of the ever present, deadly dangers of asbestos exposure.

There is still, evidently, notable lack of asbestos awareness in the workplace from some employers, and in circumstances where the presence of asbestos is known, employers are required to protect and/or warn their employees. Failure to do so in the past has led to many thousands of workers eventual deaths from mesothelioma or asbestos-related disease, as a result of exposure at work.

A Health Statistics report, which compiled a list of some of the most common occupations of people who have died of mesothelioma, clearly shows the extent of the potential hazard.

The percentage indicates the portion of total mesothelioma deaths, per occupation:

• Managers and administrators – 7.6%
• Housewife/Homemaker – 6.8%
• Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters – 3.3%
• Janitors and cleaners – 3.1%
• Supervisors and proprietors, sales occupations – 3.0%
• Carpenters – 3.0%
• Primary school teachers – 2.4%
• Farmers (non-horticulture) – 2.2%
• Electricians – 2.2%
• Supervisors, production occupations 2.2%
• Truck drivers – 2.2%
• Occupations not reported – 5.2%
• All other occupations – 56.8%

The reported incidences of secondary exposure is prevalent amongst some of the above listed. Additionally, an often highlighted occupation is Primary School teaching. The figures for high mesothelioma death rates are a result, not only because of working with asbestos directly, but because of a long duration of exposure in old buildings/premises/factories that may contain friable (deteriorating) asbestos.