Did you know that, despite the decline in its use, workers are still exposed to asbestos while on the job? There are more than a few occupations at risk for coming into contact with the substance in the workplace, but here are just a few:
Asbestos was used extensively within older brake pads and shoes, as well as clutch discs and linings. Modern-day mechanics still risk exposure when repairing or replacing these parts of the older vehicles.
Asbestos was also used extensively within construction materials in residential homes and commercial buildings. Those that remodel, renovate, or demolish older structures risk disturbing dangerous asbestos fibers. Once released into the air, they can be inhaled or ingested by a worker. As a result, fatal asbestos-related diseases can develop.
Plumbers risk coming into contact with asbestos on the job while working around deteriorating asbestos insulation and pipe covering. Cement pipes, gaskets, and packing from decades ago are also likely to contain asbestos.
Workers who are exposed to asbestos on the job might be eligible for compensation for any asbestos-related diseases that develop as a result. Employers are required to keep workers safe on the job. If you work in one of the trades mentioned above, share your work history with a medical professional. This will allow them to track the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases as they arise.