Exposure to Asbestos and 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 such as a pump or turbine that was insulated with the dangerous material.
Asbestos was a very common material used in building between 1940-late 1970s and many older buildings have asbestos-containing materials. If the asbestos is disturbed, fibers or dust gets released and is toxic to those who inhale it.
Is There Still a Risk for Asbestos Exposure?
Since so many older buildings have asbestos-containing materials in them, crane operators are still at risk of being exposed to asbestos. When a building that has asbestos in it is demolished, the asbestos fibers or dust can get into the air if the asbestos was not removed beforehand.
Mesothelioma and Crane Operators
Since the symptoms of mesothelioma can take decades to appear, many crane operators who were exposed in the 1950s or 1960s may just now be experiencing symptoms. Even if a crane operator has not worked near asbestos for a long time, they can still be diagnosed with mesothelioma from their past exposure to it.