Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace
For decades, the asbestos industry exposed workers to their products while never warning them of the dangers of the dust they breathed on a daily basis. Many of these workers were employed in industry or in construction trades, where they often described the “snowy conditions” of their workplace as products were cut, mixed or sprayed. They were never given dust masks, nor were dust counts ever taken. In many cases, ventilation was inadequate.
Sites where asbestos exposure was typically the heaviest include:
- Power plants
- Paper mills
- Manufacturing plants
- Construction sites.
“…try to get the picture of a guy who normally stands 6’2″ tall. Has swung a hammer all his life and has forearms that resemble Popeye the Sailor. He has a very sharp mind and a great sense of humor…”
Trades mostly commonly working with or around asbestos include:
- Shipyard workers; Navy personnel who served aboard ship
- Insulators (also known as asbestos workers)
- Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
- Refinery and other industrial workers
- Maintenance workers and laborers
A study of Asbestos in Brakes: Exposure and Risk of Disease (in Abode PDF format).