Engineers and Asbestos Exposure
Since engineers design and help construct building, equipment and machinery, they are often at a jobsite during construction or renovation. Until the 1980s, asbestos was used in construction materials equipment, and if those materials are disturbed, the dangerous asbestos dust or fibers can become airborne and engineers can inhale it.
Mesothelioma and Engineers
Although asbestos is not often used nowadays during construction, there are still a great deal of older buildings that contain asbestos. Engineers may come into contact with asbestos dust if they are overseeing a building’s renovation. They also risk asbestos exposure if they are involved with a turbine replacement or replacement of other industrial equipment at a power plant.
Mesothelioma takes many years before its symptoms start to appear, so if an engineer was exposed to asbestos during the 1950s or 1960s, they may only now have started to experience symptoms.