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Industries Associated with Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a member of the silicate family of minerals. It was embraced by several industries due to its ability to resist heat, flame, electricity, chemicals, as well as biodegradation. Sadly, though, the people who worked in these industries received large amounts of asbestos exposure, which has been linked to cancers such as mesothelioma.

The Construction Industry

In order to insulate houses and other buildings, many different areas of the construction industry utilized asbestos. In fact, it could once be found in virtually every part of a structure, including:

  • Vinyl flooring
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Wall insulation
  • Counter tops
  • Fire doors

Asbestos and the Automotive Industry

Since asbestos is resistant to heat and does not fall apart easily, the automotive industry developed several different vehicle parts that relied on asbestos. Asbestos may be a component in brake lining, brake pads, shoes, and as a disc for clutches. However, asbestos is not completely insusceptible to the wear and tear of age, so mechanics who change brakes and clutches can inhale asbestos fibers as they work.

Shipping and Military Sectors

Because fires are such a disaster on ships and submarines, both the shipping industry and the military used asbestos in these vehicles. Because of the close quarters of ships and submarines, the air often had to be recycled through areas with asbestos. Thus, people who worked on ships and submarines were exposed to re-circulated, asbestos-laden air.

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Tragically, we did not realize the dangers of asbestos until it was too late. Many people were exposed to asbestos through the construction, automotive, and shipping industries, as well as through military service. If you worked in one of these industries, you should be especially aware of the cancers associated with asbestos. If you have already been diagnosed with mesothelioma and need more information, please fill out our contact form today.

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