Asbestos Use in Industrial Jobs
In the same way “construction worker” is a broad category that encapsulates many different professions, “industrial worker” can also be used to describe a wide range jobs. Some of these are mechanics. Many operate heavy machinery and assist in building large structures. Yet others use chemicals in order to make various materials ready for commercial use.
Before products containing asbestos were more heavily regulated, factories all over the country either used the substance in what they produced, or used asbestos-containing products in the course of their work. Working in such close proximity to the substance, breathing it in and coming into physical contact with it, sometimes over the course of several years, has eventually led to the development of diseases such as mesothelioma.
Asbestos Risk to Industrial Workers
Few people realize the extent to which asbestos was used before people understood exactly how dangerous it was. Even when its effects began to be understood, it took time for asbestos to be phased out. Even today, it’s still used in various places and in various industries around the world.
Much like the construction industry, many of those who worked industrial jobs were exposed to asbestos over the years. Also like the construction industry, these workers continue to be exposed to the substance even today. The tools and structures asbestos was used to help create are still there. When a building is demolished, or when renovation work is needed, asbestos is broken apart and is spread in the air. Homes and buildings across the country still contain it, and as long as that remains the case, asbestos exposure will be an ever-present threat for some people.
Although there has been a slight tapering off in reported mesothelioma cases in recent years, it may be many more yet before that drop-off reaches any significant level.
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Industrial Jobs at Risk for Asbestos Exposure
The following is a list of specific industrial jobs that carry a risk of asbestos exposure.
- Foundry Worker
- Iron Worker
- Maintenance Worker
- Sheet Metal Worker
If You Work in an Industrial Job and Have Been Exposed to Asbestos
Unfortunately, mesothelioma and other diseases that have been linked to asbestos exposure can take years before symptoms manifest themselves and they’re properly identified. If you were an industrial worker and have been diagnosed with one of these illnesses, you can be compensated for medical bills, the time you’re forced to spend away from work, and other expenses. An experienced asbestos attorney can help answer any questions you may have, and help you decide on a way forward.