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Asbestos Exposure and 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 mechanics and brake repairmen may end up inhaling asbestos dust or fibers, which puts them at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma.  The symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until many years after the exposure to asbestos.

Mesothelioma and Brake Mechanics

Since asbestos fibers can adhere to the grease on a brake mechanic’s hand, they need to make sure to thoroughly wash their hands when they are done working or before eating.  They also should make sure that they shower and change their clothing before leaving work to prevent bringing asbestos dust home on their skin or clothing.  This can protect their family members from asbestos exposure.

Unfortunately, brake mechanics and their family has been diagnosed with mesothelioma.  Family members can get second-hand asbestos exposure, which can lead to them developing this asbestos-related disease.  Retired brake mechanics who worked in the 1960s or 1970s may only now be experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma since the symptoms can take 20-40 years to appear after exposure to asbestos.

The manufacturers of asbestos knew or should have known how dangerous the products were that they were selling.  Brake mechanics who worked with those products were exposed to a deadly carcinogen and the manufacturers of asbestos should be held accountable for the effects of their products.