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Asbestos Exposure at Work

Asbestos was used in a variety of commercial and industrial applications and employees coming into contact with the material often had little or no protection at all. Despite efforts to reduce employee exposure risks, a recent UK study showed many workers ignore or are unaware of the dangers of asbestos exposure.

Jobs at Risk of Asbestos Exposure

  • Automotive Mechanics - Asbestos was commonly used on brake pads and clutch assemblies
  • Chemical Plants - Asbestos is commonly used as a filter in chemical plants.
  • Coast Guard - Asbestos may have been present on ships
  • Construction
    • Demolition - Wrecking crews, cleanup crews and haulers may have come into contact with the material while working on structures that did not undergo asbestos removal before dismantling.
    • Steamfitters
    • Steel and Iron Workers
  • Electricians - Asbestos was commonly used to insulate wiring
  • Factories - Workers in factories that produced, refined or packaged asbestos containing materials
  • Merchant Marine - Asbestos may have been present in bunks and deck areas for fireproofing
  • Navy - Many naval jobs in the Nacy.
  • Power Plants - Workers may have encountered asbestos as fireproofing and insulation especially as plants began to age
  • Shipyards - Dockworkers and workers who installed or removed asbestos from ships

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