Asbestos was used in railroad industry through the 20th century. Unfortunately, railroad workers who are diagnosed with mesothelioma are still common, as asbestos is a material that has been used in railroading for the past century. Railroad companies used asbestos insulation on mains, pipes, boilers, brakes, gaskets and in the electrical and heat insulation in the walls, ceiling and flooring of railroad cars.
Railroad Industry Mesothelioma Risks
Locomotives, cabooses and other train cars were routinely insulated with asbestos through the 1960s. The outside of the steam locomotives were covered with asbestos insulation called "lagging." One frequently used high–temperature asbestos pipe insulation, Johns–Manville Therma–Wrap, consisted of amosite asbestos fibers enclosed in a wire mesh and surrounded by an asbestos cloth jacket.
Asbestos was also common in packing, rope, cement, gaskets and in heavy-duty floor tiles for passenger cars.
Because asbestos is heat–resistant and strong, it was often used in brake and clutch linings. Railroad mechanics were routinely exposed to asbestos, as were those who breathed asbestos–laden air nearby.
If you worked in a railroad yard or on the crew of a rail car, it is highly likely that you were exposed to asbestos. There are a number of documented cases of railroad workers in every area of railroad work having been diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma.
If you have been diagnosed with any disease related to asbestos exposure, it is recommended that you contact an experienced asbestos attorney as soon as possible.