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Jobs that May Involve Asbestos Exposure

By: Anapol Weiss

Asbestos exposure has been primarily associated with industrial occupations, namely the mining and milling of raw asbestos and the construction, manufacture and use of asbestos-containing products.

Substantial asbestos exposure peaked during the 1960s and 1970s and then declined as regulations were put in place to protect workers.

During exposure, tiny asbestos fibers can enter and remain in the lungs for life. The long latency period of asbestos side effects can be 40 years or more. As a result, people are developing symptoms of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases today after being exposed decades ago.

Industries with Asbestos-Related Occupational Hazards Include:

  • Automotive mechanics
  • Asbestos industry workers
  • Boilermakers
  • Boiler workers
  • Brick masons
  • Bricklayers
  • Building inspectors
  • Carpenters
  • Chemical workers
  • Construction workers
  • Demolition workers
  • Drywallers
  • Electricians
  • Firefighters
  • Floor covering workers
  • Foremen
  • Furnace workers Glaziers
  • Grinders
  • Hod carriers
  • Insulators
  • Ironworkers
  • Laborers
  • Libby vermiculite exfoliation
  • Power plant workers
  • Longshoremen
  • Machine operators
  • Maintenance workers
  • Maritime company employees
  • Merchant marines
  • Millwrights
  • Mining workers
  • Oil refinery workers
  • Offshore rust removal workers
  • Operating engineers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Railroad workers
  • Roofers
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Steel manufacturers
  • Teachers
  • Tile setters
  • U.S. Navy personnel
  • Welders

While many people developed asbestos-related diseases after being exposed at work, others received secondhand exposure by someone with asbestos fibers on his or her clothing, hair or body. Any exposure to asbestos is hazardous to a person’s health, and unsuspecting workers and their families were exposed to these dangers for decades.

We are committed to advocating for asbestos disease victims and holding responsible companies accountable for putting those people danger. Contact our firm for assistance if your loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related condition. We can answer any legal questions you have.

You can also learn more about recognizing the signs and symptoms of mesothelioma by downloading our free infographic.