Various Jobs With Asbestos Exposure RisksVarious Jobs With Asbestos Exposure Risks

With all the talk of asbestos and the serious health risks that it presents, it may surprise you to know that there are various jobs that have a high risk of exposure to asbestos. Even though new homes today are nearly always built without the use of asbestos-containing materials, there are workers that are still at risk because their jobs require them to work with older materials or in older buildings.

Insulation
Many people are involved with insulating homes and businesses, and due to the nature of their work they have an increased risk of being exposed to asbestos because many of the places they must work in were built when asbestos was commonly used for insulation. These include:

• Block insulationpipe coverings
• Cement-containing asbestos
• Attic and wall insulation

When these old insulation materials are moved or disturbed, the chance of exposure to the deadly toxins associated with asbestos increase dramatically.

Power Plants or Refineries
Many old power plants and refineries were built exclusively with asbestos, which was never removed. If the areas with asbestos-containing material are disturbed in any way in these power plants, the potential of being exposed to asbestos increases drastically therefore putting the factory employees at risk.

Construction Industry
Those involved with construction are also at a higher risk of exposure because asbestos was used for both commercial and home-building materials. Some of these include:

• Plaster, several patching products
• Fire-proofing
• Joint compounds
• Plumbing Materials

Furthermore, many pipes and insulation products in some of these older buildings were made with asbestos products. Asbestos was a very common building material and was used because, at the time, it was thought that it was a valuable product. Few knew of the serious health risks at the time.

Miners
Those who mine for talc and vermiculite are at a very high risk of exposure to asbestos because of the poor ventilation within the mines. Dust within the mine combined with the lack of proper breathing apparatus raises the risk. It comes as no surprise that miners of talc and vermiculite have a higher incidence of mesothelioma than other types of miners.

Automobile Mechanics
Many mechanics were exposed to asbestos due to brake pads, shoes, clutch lining and discs that were all commonly made with asbestos. Mechanics often did not wear any kind of protective gear but were constantly disturbing the asbestos, which put them in great danger of continually being exposed to the toxic fibers.

Many of the workers became ill as a direct result of their daily exposure to asbestos. While many workers received compensation, this did not give them back the quality of life that they had before being exposed. The problem at the time was that the workers truly knew the dangers of asbestos. In fact, it was a highly recognized and recommended product to use in both homes and businesses.

Final Thoughts
If you were exposed to asbestos and are now struggling with an illness directly related to asbestos exposure, you may want to contact an attorney to determine your rights.
by E. Johnston
References and Bibliography
Asbestos exposure often leads to a mesothelioma lawsuit. If you have been exposed to asbestos, please contact an asbestos lawyer as soon as possible.
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