There are many workers in America at risk for asbestos exposure at work. Insulation, automobiles, even classroom floors can contain the substance. Do you ever wonder if you work or have worked in a trade at risk for exposure? Let's take a look at a few:
Auto mechanics are likely to come into contact with asbestos when replacing and repairing older brakes and clutches. Brakes and clutches within older vehicles are likely to contain asbestos, but newer parts can contain the substance, as well - in fact, auto mechanics are advised to assume that any of these parts contain asbestos.
Railroad companies used asbestos in insulation on mains, pipes, boilers, brakes, gaskets, and in the electrical and heat insulation in the walls, ceiling, and flooring of railroad cars. Metro cars used today can also contain asbestos in different parts, putting maintenance workers at risk for exposure to the substance.
Shipyard workers are some of those most likely to come into contact with asbestos on the job. Asbestos was used in nearly every Navy ship constructed from 1930 to 1970. Asbestos can still be found in shipyards, where ships were built, repaired, and demolished.
The latency period of asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma, can be years or decades. Many workers are retired by the time they are diagnosed with a disease and find out they were exposed. Have you been exposed to asbestos at work? Please share your story with us in a comment below.