Asbestos In The Workplace

October 17, 2014

Asbestos in the Workplace

Part One of a Four-Part Series on How People Develop Mesothelioma From Asbestos Exposure

This is a four-part series on asbestos in the workplace. Part I covers the basics of mesothelioma caused by asbestos in the workplace. Part II details the deadliest jobs on the planet that require working around asbestos exposure. Part III looks at our war vets and Navy men and women who were put in danger by asbestos in the line of duty. Part IV is all about how workers unknowingly brought asbestos home to their families from the workplace.

Asbestos is cheap and heat resistant, i.e., asbestos was a very commonly used material in the 20th century. Unfortunately, the cheap and heat resistant factor doesn’t mean much to the millions of men and women put in harms’ way while on the job. Many men and women were needlessly and unknowingly exposed to asbestos in their line of work on a daily basis.

For many patients suffering from mesothelioma cancer, the catastrophic exposure to asbestos begins while on the job.  Throughout the twentieth century, asbestos products were commonly used in industrial, construction and military worksites throughout the United States. Which means men and women who may have retired long ago may now be facing the terrifying cancer mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma = a very deadly cancer of the lining of the lungs, called the pleura, with few treatment options that is ONLY caused by exposure to asbestos.

Mesothelioma also involves a “latency period,” i.e., it takes some time after the exposure to asbestos for the total damage to reveal itself with a diagnosis of mesothelioma. Which means: if you or someone you know develops mesothelioma, you’re going to have to look back at your work life to find the points of asbestos exposure to see what went wrong — and when!

Thanks to the countless worksites at which a worker could have been exposed to asbestos in the twentieth century — from the military to industrial and construction locations — the possible trades, jobs and positions that could have brought you or a loved one into dangerous contact with asbestos may seem endless.

In our experience, workers who come into contact with asbestos (whether they knew it at the time or not) and later develop mesothelioma cancer often include these job positions:

  • Aluminum Worker
  • Asbestos Worker
  • Boilermaker
  • Burner
  • Carpenter
  • Chemical Worker
  • Electrician
  • Furnace Operator
  • Insulator
  • Iron Worker
  • Laborer
  • Lagger
  • Machinist
  • Millwright
  • Molder
  • Operator
  • Painter
  • Pipefitter
  • Plasterer
  • Plumber
  • Pot Room Worker
  • Refractory Worker
  • SheetMetal Worker
  • Steamfitter
  • Steel Worker
  • Welder

The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety estimates that over 75 occupational groups may have exposed workers to asbestos. Exposure to asbestos is serious and if you were exposed on the job, you are at a high risk of developing mesothelioma later on in your life.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it may be due to your occupation, past or present. We encourage you to contact an experienced asbestos lawyer at (866) 538-0485 or contact us online to learn more.