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Which trades are at risk for mesothelioma?

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Asbestos has historically been used in many industries, and in some cases is still being used today. The building and construction industries use asbestos for strengthening cement and plastics, insulation, fireproofing, and sound absorption. As an effective insulating material, asbestos has been used to insulate boilers, steam pipes, and hot water pipes in the shipbuilding and construction industries. The automotive industry has also used asbestos in vehicle brake shoes and clutch pads.

Workers’ families may also suffer asbestos exposure brought into the home on the shoes, clothing, skin, or hair of workers. People who live or work near asbestos-related operations might inhale asbestos fibers that have been released into the air by the operations. In fact, most people are exposed to asbestos at some time in their lives but many do not become ill. The risk of asbestos exposure to workers and others depends on several factors:

  • Concentration of asbestos fibers in the air
  • Whether or not protective equipment was worn
  • The length of asbestos exposure

Generally, symptoms of asbestos-related diseases begin to appear 10 to 40 years after exposure. Though asbestos-related diseases are most commonly seen in individuals with prolonged asbestos exposure, research has found asbestos-related diseases in individuals with only brief exposure histories. If you would like to know more about asbestos exposure, contact our Pennsylvania and New Jersey asbestos lawyersShein Law has successfully represented many victims of asbestos exposure. We can help you pursue financial compensation for your illness.

List of Trades and Occupations at Risk:

  • Agricultural workers
  • Aircraft manufacturing & maintenance
  • Appliance workers
  • Asbestos manufacturing
  • Asbestos mining
  • Asbestos shipping
  • Automotive and truck mechanics
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • Beauty salon workers
  • Boilermakers/Boiler Operators
  • Bricklayers
  • Building engineers & inspectors
  • Building material manufacturing
  • Carpenters
  • Cement masons
  • Chemical plant workers
  • Chemists
  • Chippers/Caulkers
  • Construction & demolition industry
  • Construction workers
  • Contractors
  • Crane operators
  • Custodians/Janitors
  • Dental technicians and laboratory workers
  • Dentists
  • Drywall installers
  • Electricians
  • Elevator mechanics
  • Engineers & inspectors
  • Flooring Installers
  • Floor tile manufacturing
  • Gasket & packing manufacturer
  • General Contractors
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Hod carriers
  • Home remodelers
  • Industrial engineers
  • Insulators
  • Iron workers
  • Laboratory workers
  • Laggers
  • Laborers
  • Longshoremen
  • Machinists
  • Maintenance workers
  • Maritime & shipyard industry
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Merchant Marines
  • Military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard)
  • Millwright
  • Oil refinery workers
  • Paint industry
  • Painters
  • Paper industry
  • Pipecoverers
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plastic workers
  • Plumbers
  • Power and utility workers
  • Power plant operators
  • Protective clothing & glove manufacturer
  • Railroad workers
  • Refractory workers
  • Roofers
  • School teachers/Administrators
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Steel workers
  • Telephone installers
  • Textile workers
  • Tile setters
  • Tool room mechanics
  • Welders
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