Dallas, Texas (MesotheliomaCancerNews.com) — A Japanese fire protection equipment company based in Osaka is being sued by the family of a man who died as a result of his position at the company, and his lack of protection against the hazard of asbestos during his daily tasks.

Kansai Hochiki Engineering is being sued for 60 million yen, or roughly $680,000 USD, in compensation for the unidentified man’s death. The family of the deceased claim their family member worked as a maintenance engineer for fire alarms for over two decades, and was never properly trained about the hazards of asbestos material.

The family also claims Kansai Hochiki forced the man to work in small, cramped spaces with poor ventilation.

As a result of his many years of exposure, the man was diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma in 2005. In 2007, the man’s case was officially specified as a work-related illness.

Asbestos-related diseases are typically brought on by the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers, as they lodge in the mesothelium, which surrounds and protects the lungs and other organs.

For that reason, it is highly recommended that companies that use asbestos or whose employees come into contact with asbestos, properly train their workers, and offer proper ventilation and protective gear in any workplace where asbestos is present.

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