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Asbestos Exposure and 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 around boilers for a lot of the 20th century.  Boilermakers are still at risk of developing mesothelioma even if they have not worked for 30-40 years since the symptoms of the disease take so long to appear.

Mesothelioma and Boilermakers

For many years, asbestos was a very common material that was used to refract heat around boilers.  If the asbestos insulation is disturbed in any way, such as being cut, the boilermaker becomes exposed to the asbestos fibers that get released into the air.

Exposure to asbestos is an occupational hazard that boilermakers are subject to.  They may be exposed to asbestos dust while they are working on a boiler or even the pipes and conduit that connect to it.  There are also a great number of boilermakers who are veterans and they had worked in shipyards or on ships and had worked on the steam boilers.  The Navy, along with other military branches, used asbestos in their ships until the 1970s.

When they were working with hot materials, boilermakers may have worn asbestos gloves or aprons.  Boilermakers may also have exposed their family to asbestos since asbestos dust can attach to skin or clothing and may have been taken into their homes.  Boilermakers and their family may still be at risk for developing mesothelioma since the symptoms can take decades to appear.