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Companies can be held liable when workers bring home asbestos dust that sickens others, court rules

Companies can be held liable when workers bring home asbestos dust that sickens others, court rules

Companies may be held liable if asbestos from a job site causes someone in a worker’s home to become sick, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday.

The state high court ruling allows lawsuits to go forward on behalf of people allegedly diseased by asbestos fibers brought into the home on another person’s clothing.

“Employers have a duty to take reasonable care” to prevent workers from carrying home asbestos on their clothing or other personal effects, Justice Goodwin Liu wrote for the court.

Under the decision, only members of a worker’s household may sue for harm caused by secondary exposure.

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