Asbestos Exposure Occupations

Workers all over the United States and in a wide variety of industries were unfairly and unknowingly exposed to asbestos for decades while performing their required work duties, and many employers whose workers regularly handled asbestos were aware of the dangers of exposure but kept this information to themselves. For some workers, their exposure to asbestos on the job was minimal, but for those who worked in what are now known as “high-risk occupations,” being exposed to toxic asbestos fibers was a routine and inescapable part of their typical workday. If you or your spouse worked in a high-risk occupation and you were regularly exposed to asbestos as a result, contact a reputable asbestos injury lawyer today to find out if you are eligible for compensation.

Compensation for Asbestos Induced Lung Cancer and Mesothellioma

Asbestos Lawsuit Information

Extensive research has shown that repeated exposure to asbestos on the job can put workers at risk for serious cancers and pulmonary diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma, due to the inhalation of toxic asbestos dust or fibers. In fact, occupational exposure to asbestos is the number one cause of mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer affecting the tissue that lines the lungs, heart and other organs, typically found in individuals who worked on jobs where they handled asbestos on a daily basis. Asbestos-related illnesses are most common among workers who mined asbestos or worked for companies that sold asbestos or manufactured asbestos-containing products, unaware that handling asbestos without proper protective equipment, which they were not provided, could pose a serious risk to their health. Thousands of workers and their loved ones across the country are now pursuing legal claims against their employers for negligently exposing them to toxic asbestos despite knowing for decades about the risks associated with inhaling asbestos fibers.

High-Risk Asbestos Occupations

  • Electricians
  • Shipyard employees
  • Railroad employees
  • Roofers
  • Welders, iron workers and metal machinists
  • Construction workers
  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters
  • Steel workers
  • Plumbers and pipefitters
  • Chemical plant workers
  • Factory workers
  • Insulation installers
  • Maintenance workers
  • Boiler mechanics
  • Auto mechanics
  • Union workers

Asbestos trust funds, also called mesothelioma trust funds, have an estimated $30 billion in reserve for asbestos-disease victims and their families.”

History of Asbestos

For decades, asbestos was touted as a miracle product with thousands of applications in the building and manufacturing industries and other industries. During the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, at the height of its use, asbestos was used in thousands of commercial and industrial materials, including floor tile, roofing shingles, building insulation, brake shoes and joint compound, and workers who were routinely exposed to toxic asbestos on the job included shipyard workers, construction workers, pipefitters, chemical plant workers and auto mechanics, among others. Unfortunately, because the use of asbestos was so widespread for so long, hundreds of thousands of workers across the United States were exposed to asbestos fibers on the job. The loved ones of workers who routinely handled asbestos on the job were also exposed to asbestos brought home on their clothing each day. Even today, there are certain occupations that still expose workers to potentially dangerous levels of asbestos. For instance, construction workers and other workers who regularly handle insulation and other asbestos-containing materials in older buildings may be at risk for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.

In the United States, asbestos use was most abundant during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, and while regulations limited the use of asbestos in the 1970’s, experts estimate that asbestos is still a hazard for more than one million American workers in the construction industry and those involved in the maintenance of buildings and equipment that contain asbestos. In light of the potential for asbestos to cause serious health problems in those exposed to the toxic mineral, asbestos has been banned in more than a dozen countries. Unfortunately, the United States has yet to ban asbestos.

Reasons to File an Asbestos Lawsuit

Asbestos lawsuits allege that companies that sold asbestos and manufactured asbestos-containing products:

  • Knew about the health hazards of asbestos exposure
  • Failed to warn workers about the potential for asbestos to cause mesothelioma and other serious illnesses
  • Failed to provide workers with proper equipment to protect themselves from asbestos exposure
  • Took part in a massive cover-up to conceal the risks of asbestos to human health
  • Paid workers suffering from health issues caused by their exposure to asbestos on the job to keep quiet about the cause of their illnesses

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a commercial and industrial term used to refer to a group of six silicate minerals that occur naturally in the earth. These minerals form bundles of long, thin fibers that are naturally resistant to heat, fire, chemicals, electricity and water, which made asbestos extremely useful to a variety of industries, including the construction, automobile, manufacturing, chemical and power industries. What the workers in these industries didn’t know is that when microscopic asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can become embedded in the lungs and cause scarring of the lung tissue, which can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses like asbestosis and mesothelioma. There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, but there are certain occupations that put workers at a greater risk for asbestos-related illnesses.

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