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Asbestos has been used to create thousands of industrial and commercial products over the years, putting the lives of workers who use and create these products in jeopardy. While many uses for asbestos were banned in the mid-1970’s, the risk from exposure continues today due to Mesothelioma’s long latency (inactive) period of anywhere between 15-40 years. Today, asbestos continues to be a threat to workers exposed through their occupations and in buildings that were erected prior to the ban.

Asbestos fibers are so toxic, that industrial and trade worker’s families may be exposed to Mesothelioma through particles that cling to the worker’s clothing, shoes, skin and hair. This type of “second-hand” exposure.

Asbestos has played, and in some instances still plays, a key role in the textile, construction, military, refinery, railroad, automotive and shipbuilding industries, affecting thousands of workers throughout the world. Most Mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestos fibers on the job or in the workplace in what is known as occupational exposure.

If you or someone you know has been injured by asbestos products you consult with an experienced asbestos Mesothelioma lawyer.

Did You Know?
In the mid 1920s, an English doctor made the first diagnosis of asbestosis, and this was followed by a study which showed that 25% of English asbestos workers showed signs of a related lung disease.

A

During the 20th century, some 30 million tons of asbestos were used in industrial sites, homes, schools, shipyards and commercial buildings in the U.S.

  • Abrasive Manufacturers
  • Aeronautical Engineers
  • Aerospace Workers
  • Aircraft Mechanics & Repairmen
  • Airport Workers
  • Aluminum Workers
  • Asbestos Abatement Workers
  • Asbestos Clothing & Glove makers
  • Asbestos Mine Workers
  • Asbestos Plant Workers
  • Asbestos Workers
  • Assembly Line Workers
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Auto Plant Workers
  • Auto Workers
  • Automotive and other Repair Shops

B

The first use of asbestos dates back to 2500 B.C., when it was used as a wick material for oil lamps and also in pottery making.

  • Bale Press Operators
  • Blacksmiths
  • Boat & Ship Workers
  • Boiler Room & Engine Room Workers
  • Boilermakers
  • Bricklayers
  • Brake & Clutch Repairmen
  • Building Inspectors
  • Bulldozer Operators

C

In the mid 1920s, an English doctor made the first diagnosis of asbestosis, and this was followed by a study which showed that 25% of English asbestos workers showed signs of a related lung disease.

  • Cabinetmakers
  • Caltrans Workers
  • Carding, Lapping and Combing Operatives
  • Carpenters
  • Carpet Installers
  • Cement Plant Workers
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Checkers, Examiners & Inspectors
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Chemist & Lab Workers
  • Chippers & Caulkers
  • Cladding
  • City Workers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Clothing Ironers and Pressers
  • Coal Engineers & Workers
  • Coke Oven Operators
  • College and University
  • Commercial Ports Shipyards & Vessels
  • Concrete Finishers
  • Construction Workers
  • Coppersmiths
  • County Workers
  • Crane and Hoist Men
  • Crane Repairman
  • Crusher Operators

D

Through 2003, more than 700,000 People have filed claims against more than 6,000 Asbestos companies. These same companies knew of the dangers for many years before ever warning the public of those risks.

  • Draftsman
  • Demolition and Wrecking Crews
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Die Cast Operator
  • Draftsmen
  • Drill Press Operatives
  • Drill Repairman
  • Dry Cleaners & Dryer Technicians
  • Drywall Tapers / Installers

E

  • Electric Power Linemen & Cable Men
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Elevator Installation & Repair
  • Engineers
  • Engine Room Workers
  • Excavating, Grading and Road Machine Operators

F

It is estimated that 27.5 million Americans were exposed to asbestos between 1940 and 1979.

  • Factory Worker
  • Filers, Polishers, Sanders, Buffers
  • Fire Box Installers
  • Fireproofers
  • Firefighters
  • Floor Installers
  • Forge Men and Hammer Men
  • Forklift Drivers
  • Freight & Shipping Workers
  • Furnace Workers
  • Furnace Men, Smelter Men & Pourers

G

There are over 3,000 known Trades that may contain Asbestos.

  • Garage & Gas Station Workers
  • Gasket Manufacturing Plant Workers
  • Gas Mask Manufacturers
  • General Contractors
  • Glass Factory Workers
  • Glaziers & Window Installers
  • Grinding Machine Operatives

H

An estimated 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos Trades (such as textiles, friction Trades, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.

  • Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
  • Handyman & Appliance Installers
  • Hazardous Material Removal Workers
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Workers
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • Hod Carriers
  • Hotel Workers
  • Home Improvement Workers
  • Household Appliance Installers
  • Hull Maintenance Workers
  • HVAC Mechanics
  • Hydraulic Mechanics

I

Asbestos fibers are strong, durable, and resist heat, acids, and friction. They are virtually indestructible. Because of these useful physical properties, asbestos fibers were often combined with other materials for use in thousands of industrial, maritime, automotive, scientific and building Trades.

  • Industrial Engineers
  • Industrial Plant Workers
  • Iron Workers
  • Insulators
  • Insurance Adjusters, Examiners and Investigators
  • Interior Decorators

J

Asbestos has been used in various Trades since the 1900s, but the peak usage years were between 1950 and 1975.

  • Janitors & Custodians

K

  • Kiln Operator

L

  • Laborers
  • Laggers
  • Lathe Operators
  • Loading Dock Workers
  • Locomotive Engineers
  • Longshoreman
  • Loom Fixers

M

Asbestos is classified into many different types, which include; chrysotile (white asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos), amosite (brown asbestos), tremolite, anthopyllite, and actinolite.

  • Machine Operatives
  • Machinists
  • Maintenance Workers
  • Managers and Superintendents
  • Masonry Workers
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanics & Repairmen; Aircraft
  • Merchant Mariners
  • Metal Lathers
  • Metal Rollers & Finishers
  • Mill Operators & Millman
  • Millwrights
  • Military (Navy/Army Tank Units/Motor Pool)
  • Mixing Operatives
  • Molders & Mold Man
  • Motormen; Mine, Factory, Logging Camp, etc

N

Navy Seamen

Nuclear Power Workers

O

The first known asbestos lawsuit was in 1929 in New Jersey .

  • Officers, Pilots, and Pursers
  • Offshore Rust Removals
  • Oil Field Workers
  • Oil Rig Workers
  • Oil Refinery Workers
  • Operating Engineers

P

Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20 to 50 years after the first exposure to asbestos.

  • Painters
  • Palletizers & Pallet Workers
  • Paper Mill Workers
  • Pattern and Model Makers
  • Pipe Coverers
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters
  • Pilots & Airline Workers
  • Power Plant & Power House Workers
  • Production Operators
  • Printers

R

Many asbestos-containing Trades remain in buildings, ships, industrial facilities and other environments where the fibers can become airborne.

  • Railroad Brakeman & Repairmen
  • Railroad Workers and Car Shops
  • Refractory Plant Worker
  • Refrigeration Workers
  • Remediation & Asbestos Removal Workers
  • Riveters
  • Road Machine Operators
  • Roofers & Slaters
  • Rollers and Finishers, Metal
  • Rubber Plant Workers

S

During the 1960s the first definite link between mesothelioma and asbestos was made. Asbestos is now known to be the most common cause of the disease.

  • Sailors and Deckhands
  • Sand Blasters
  • Sales Engineers
  • Sawyers
  • Scaffold Foreman & Workers
  • School Teachers/Administrators
  • School Workers
  • School Employees
  • Secondhand / Take Home Asbestos Exposure
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Ship Builders
  • Ship Room Workers & Repairmen
  • Shipyard Workers
  • Slaters (See Roofers & Slaters)
  • Sprinkler Fitters
  • Spinners, Twisters and Winders
  • Stationary Engineers
  • Steamfitters
  • Steel Erector Workers
  • Steel Mill Workers
  • Stevedores
  • Stonemasons
  • Structural Metal Craftsmen

T

A wide array of workers were exposed to Asbestos including shipyard workers, factory workers, pipe fitters, sheet metal workers, plumbers, laborers, machinists, mechanics, powerhouse workers, and electricians.

  • Tankerman
  • Tank Testers & Cleaners
  • Tapers & Finishers
  • Teachers, School Workers
  • Technicians
  • Telephone Repairmen / Installers
  • Terrazzo Workers
  • Tank Testers & Cleaners
  • Textile Mill Workers
  • Textile Operatives
  • Tile / Linoleum Installers
  • Tile Cutters
  • Tinsmiths
  • Tin Knockers
  • Truck Drivers
  • Tool And Die Makers
  • Turbine Mechanic

U

  • U.S. Navy Veterans
  • Utility Workers / Power Companies

V

  • Vehicle Repair (Brakes & Blutches)
  • Veterans

W

It is estimated that there will be about 250,000 cases of Mesothelioma before 2020.

  • Warehouseman
  • Warehouse Workers
  • Water Tender & Tankerman
  • Weavers
  • Weighmasters
  • Welders and Flame Cutters
  • Winding Operatives
  • Women Workers
  • World Trade Center Workers

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