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Asbestos Occupations

Common Occupations With Risk of Asbestos Exposure

 

Occupations Exposed to Asbestos

There is a high risk for asbestos exposure for workers in these occupations:

 

Aircraft Mechanics 

Since aircraft mechanics work in repair shops, hangars and on the flight line, they may be exposed to asbestos-containing materials.  Aircraft mechanics perform routine maintenance on aircrafts, and there are many that contain asbestos insulation and other asbestos-containing parts…(Keep Reading)

 

Auto Mechanics

Even now, auto mechanics are at a serious risk of exposure to asbestos because of all of the automotive parts that contain asbestos.  Using asbestos in auto friction products has been reduced significantly, but there may still be asbestos in brake lining…(Keep Reading)

 

Boilermakers

Since there is a risk of exposure to asbestos fibers for boilermakers, they are put at risk for developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.  Boilers are made to last for many years and asbestos was very commonly used for thermal insulation…(Keep Reading)

 

Brake Mechanics

Unfortunately, brake mechanics are still at risk today of being exposed to asbestos while at work.  There has been a reduction in utilizing asbestos in brake linings, clutches and friction products, but there may still be asbestos in old and new brakes or clutches.  Auto…(Keep Reading)

 

Bricklayers

Bricklayers are at risk for being exposed to asbestos, because prior to 1980, asbestos was commonly added to bricks and mortar during the manufacturing process because it had fire resistant properties.  Bricklayers and brick masons…(Keep Reading)

 

Carpenters

There are many products in buildings that may contain asbestos, including fire doors, ceiling tiles, wallboards, caulks and joint compounds, which is why carpenters are at risk of being exposed to asbestos.  Most worksites have little to no…(Keep Reading)

 

Cement Finishers

If a cement finisher mixed, polished or spread concrete on a regular basis, it is very likely that they inhaled asbestos fibers and are now at risk for developing mesothelioma.  Asbestos was often used in cement and concrete products in constructing…(Keep Reading)

 

Crane Operators

There is a risk of asbestos exposure to crane operators, since they often work at demolition sites where they remove debris and building material that may contain asbestos.  Crane operators can also come into contact with asbestos if they move equipment…(Keep Reading)

 

Electricians

An electrician risk asbestos exposure if they are working at a site during the remodeling, expanding or rewiring of an older building that has asbestos-containing materials in it.  If asbestos dust or fibers gets into the air, electricians can inhale it and…(Keep Reading)

 

Engineers

Since engineers design and help construct building, equipment and machinery, they are often at a job site during construction or renovation.  Until the 1980s, asbestos was used in construction materials equipment, and if those materials are disturbed…(Keep Reading)

 

Firefighters 

An occupational hazard that firefighters experience is exposure to asbestos.  Many older buildings and homes have asbestos-containing materials in them, and when a structure is damaged during a fire, asbestos fibers can get released into the air, which…(Keep Reading)

 

First Responders

When something catastrophic happens to a building, first responders including police officers, firefighters and EMTs are usually called in to help.  Unfortunately, there are numerous buildings that were made with asbestos-containing materials or equipment and the rescue workers become exposed…(Keep Reading)

 

Foundry Workers

In years past, asbestos was often used in the metal industry, and since foundry workers work with factory machinery, they may have been exposed to asbestos.  Asbestos was often used in equipment, including…(Keep Reading)

 

Lathers

Lathers may be exposed to asbestos at work since many older buildings used asbestos in ceiling tiles, wall frameworks, wall plaster and duct work.  Asbestos fibers may be inhaled by lathers if it gets disturbed during any construction or renovation…(Keep Reading)

 

Machinists 

Machinists make metal parts and equipment, and for a long time, a lot of replacement parts and equipment had asbestos-containing gaskets, asbestos insulation and other asbestos materials.  If a machinist replaced a valve and gasket, they could have been exposed to…(Keep Reading)

 

Merchant Marine Seaman 

Since asbestos was very commonly used to construct ships until the late 1970s, merchant marine seamen are at risk of developing mesothelioma, which is an asbestos-related cancer.  The seaman will have a higher risk the longer they were onboard a ship that had…(Keep Reading)

 

Millwrights 

Millwrights are at risk of being exposed to asbestos because it was very common to use asbestos as insulation for industrial equipment and machinery in years past.  It is also very likely that the industrial buildings in which they work will have asbestos dust in the…(Keep Reading)

 

Navy Yard Workers/Yardbirds

There is a risk of developing a serious respiratory disease, such as mesothelioma, for navy yard workers because of the asbestos that was commonly used in U.S. Navy Ships.  Yardbirds are civilian shipyard workers, and they also have been exposed to high levels of asbestos…(Keep Reading)

 

Painters

Painters are at risk for being exposed to asbestos since they often work in older buildings or homes during remodeling or renovation.  The remodeling process can disturb asbestos and release asbestos dust or fibers into the air, which can then be inhaled.  Mesothelioma…(Keep Reading)

 

Paper Mill Workers 

There are many toxic and hazardous materials that pulp and paper workers have been exposed to while at work.  Asbestos was used for many years in the production of such products as packing materials, fiber board and ceiling tiles.  In previous decades, paper…(Keep Reading)

 

Pipe Fitters 

Pipefitters who worked between the years 1940-1980 were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis while they were working.  Asbestos was used to insulate pipes and to seal materials such as gaskets.  Also, pipefitters would be connecting pipes and worked on…(Keep Reading)

 

Plasterers  

Many building materials, such as plasters, construction mastics, joint compounds, wall treatments, sealants, textured paints and plastic patching compounds contain some level of asbestos, so there is a risk that plasterers may be exposed to asbestos.  If a plasterer…(Keep Reading)

 

Plumbers 

Up until the late 1970s, asbestos was a very common plumbing material that was used.  Plumbers often came into contact with asbestos-containing materials and were at risk to breathe in asbestos dust or fibers while at work.  Asbestos could be found in…(Keep Reading)

 

Sheet Metal workers 

Sheet metal workers were at risk for being exposed to asbestos, since until the late 1970s, asbestos was commonly used in building materials since it is durable and incredibly resistant to heat.  Also, there were many years in which sheet metal workers would spray asbestos on ductwork…(Keep Reading)

 

Welders 

Welder have a risk of being exposed to asbestos since asbestos was commonly used to insulate and fireproof in industrial settings, including shipbuilding, since asbestos is incredibly durable and resistant to heat.  Welders join pieces of metal together using heat and pressure…(Keep Reading)

 

  • *There are many other jobs in the construction industry and other trades that involve asbestos and unfortunately can result in a diagnosis of mesothelioma.

 

Second-hand asbestos exposure

Although an individual may not be dealing with asbestos products directly, he or she may be exposed indirectly. For example, an electrician who works next to a drywaller who sands joint compound on a regular basis can easily breathe in millions of asbestos fibers. This same principle applies to family members of asbestos workers. Spouses and other people living in the household are often diagnosed with the diseases associated with asbestos. Asbestos may brought home on the clothing, hat, shoes and vehicles of a worker and then distributed throughout the house. A particularly heavy second-hand exposure can occur while doing a spouse’s laundry. This is generally referred to as second-hand asbestos exposure.