Millwrights and Asbestos Exposure
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 air, and if millwrights breathe that air in, they may develop a serious respiratory disease, like mesothelioma.
A millwright’s job includes maintaining, repairing and installing many different kinds of heat-producing equipment that is insulated with asbestos-containing materials. If they are doing maintenance work that is disturbing the asbestos, it can release toxic dust into the air.
If a millwright is exposed to asbestos at work, they may bring those asbestos fibers home on their clothing, hair or skin, and family members can get second-hand exposure. Millwrights and their families are at risk for developing mesothelioma if they are exposed to asbestos.