Occupations with the Highest Risk for Mesothelioma

The use of asbestos by a broad range of builders and manufacturers became widespread as early as the late 19th century. Asbestos, the common name for a group of fibrous minerals, was an excellent insulator due to its naturally high resistance to electric current, heat and fire, and was light and cheap to use. Despite its popularity, asbestos use peaked in the mid-1970s because it is also lethally toxic. Inhaling or ingesting its short, sharp fibers can lead to lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Asbestos was used in countless manufacturing processes and thousands of commonly found building materials, much of which is still in the walls, floors and ceilings of thousands of homes, buildings and manufacturing installations across the United States.

The pervasive use of asbestos over the years in the construction industry has resulted in serious harm to workers in those trades. That harm extends to a worker’s family, because asbestos fibers can be carried home on their person and clothing and once dislodged, whether in the laundry or at the kitchen table, and end up unsuspectingly putting family members at risk.

Other high-risk industries include:

  • Textiles
  • Shipbuilders
  • Factories
  • Power plants
  • Chemical plants
  • Steel mills
  • Automobile repair and manufacturing
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Demolition and wrecking crews
  • Electricians
  • Building maintenance
  • Firefighters and other rescue workers, including 9/11 first responders
  • Welders
  • Railroad workers
  • Roofers
  • Machinists
  • Foundry workers
  • U.S. Navy veterans
  • Janitors

If your job field may have increased the risk of exposure for you or your family members, contact a mesothelioma lawyer today.

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