Asbestos: Which Workers In Which Industries Are At Risk?

Asbestos is an ideal material for many manufacturing purposes because it is inexpensive, durable, highly resistant to heat, fire, electricity, chemicals and sound, and is virtually indestructible. However, its fibers cause serious physical damage when inhaled, and are linked to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. The Kentucky asbestos lawyers at James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., are skilled in helping clients with mesothelioma to recover compensation that is vital for treatment and recovery of lost income due to illness.

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A Brief Historical View Of Asbestos

For centuries, societies recognized the valuable properties of asbestos, but they were also aware of its harmful effects on health.

An abundant material at one time mined in numerous locations throughout the world, asbestos became very popular during the Industrial Revolution. Locomotives, the textile industry, steam engines and other manufacturing processes benefited greatly from asbestos use. During World War II, many ships and planes were built using asbestos-containing materials. The housing and construction industry were the next to take advantage of asbestos during the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s — before the United States Congress was forced to recognize the pathological effects asbestos had on people and passed legislation limiting asbestos use.

The first cases regarding asbestos emerged in the 1930s in the United States, but it wasn't until the 1970s that the courts were hit with large numbers of asbestos cases. Even today, while certain uses of asbestos are prohibited, asbestos use is not completely banned in the United States. The last U.S. asbestos mine to close was the north-central Vermont Lowell quarry in 2002.

Industries That Put Workers At Risk

The following industries put workers at risk either by using asbestos in the manufacturing process or using asbestos-containing products:

  • Aerospace
  • Asbestos removal
  • Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Chemical plants
  • Construction
  • Electrical
  • Glass
  • Iron and steel mills
  • Insulation
  • Longshore
  • Maritime
  • Mechanical friction products manufacturing
  • Military
  • Plumbing
  • Railroad
  • Shipyard
  • Textile
  • Tire and rubber
  • Utilities
  • Welding

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If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a history of working with asbestos, seek legal help from a Kentucky mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible. We offer a free consultation to discuss the prospects of pursuing a case. Call 304-881-0652 or contact James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., online today.