Some of those most at risk of developing mesothelioma in their lifetime are workers in "blue collar" positions. Blue collar workers are working class people who perform manual labor. Because these workers spent so much time around asbestos-containing materials and products, they are more likely to have experienced prolonged exposure to the substance, especially before it was declared a health hazard by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Automobile mechanics are just one example of workers at risk for asbestos-related diseases due to exposure on the job.
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:
As we mentioned in Monday's post, older vehicles and their parts remain a substantial source for asbestos exposure among auto mechanics. Those working on vehicles need to be aware of the dangers that can come with routine maintenance and repairs.
Although the use of asbestos in automobile parts has been declining over the years, it is still a significant form of exposure among auto mechanics today. While the substance is no longer used in newer friction products, including brake parts and clutches, those working on older vehicles in which asbestos might still be present face serious risks for exposure.
Many of us had this past Monday off of work, in honor of Labor Day. This holiday has been celebrated for over 100 years and is a continual reminder of the hard work, dedication, and strength of our nation.
Recently, a New York jury found Ford Motor Company guilty of exposing Arthur H. Juni, Jr. to asbestos, but not before he was killed by the fatal disease caused by that exposure. Diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2012, Juni was 74 years old when he passed away on March 15, 2014. The verdict was returned on May 30, 2014.
We've talked before on the blog about the amount of asbestos materials used within military vehicles and vessels, but what about the cars that people drive on U.S. roads everyday? Asbestos has been worked into brake linings and pads, clutch facings, and various gaskets for automobiles of all kinds and can still be found within cars, trucks, and auto parts available on store shelves.
If you have been keeping up with our blog posts recently, you might already know that asbestos is nothing to be messed with. Microscopic asbestos fibers can be inhaled and become trapped within the human respiratory system, causing a world of trouble during the following years. Deadly illnesses such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma can develop over time.