One of the biggest job risks for electricians is getting in contact with asbestos. Electricians and electrical cable installers might get exposed to asbestos through repair, demolition or installation work.
Asbestos is a deathly, fibrous material which, unfortunately, had been used in the past for insulation or insulate wiring. Thus, electricians working on older power lines have the risk of asbestos exposure.
Asbestos was heavily used between 1930 and 1972 as insulation for oil, coal, or wood furnaces, generally found in older homes. So, if you are working on older buildings from that age, make sure to take the necessary precautions.
There is a great number of lawsuits which are being filed for asbestos contamination, from Charleston, WV to New Orleans, LA. The sufferers seek compensation for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and anguish, loss of enjoyment of life and medical expenses.
You may find more information about asbestos related lawsuits here.