Mesothelioma accounted for twenty-four percent of occupational lung disease diagnoses in New South Wales, Australia. Electricians were among the most common occupations reported.
Electricians have one of the highest lifetime risks for developing mesothelioma among occupations exposed to asbestos for greater than ten years.
Epidemiological studies have shown that mortality from malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer have increased with increasing cumulative exposure to asbestos.
Workers in construction trades, including electricians, are among the highest-risk population for developing an asbestos-related disease.
Electricians who were exposed to asbestos have a significantly higher mortality rate for asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.