Auto Mechanics, Maintenance Workers & Non-Union Workers Exposed to Asbestos
Mechanics and maintenance workers within various industries are at risk for being exposed to asbestos.
Auto mechanics that serviced car or truck brakes and clutches may have been exposed to asbestos dust. Since asbestos is heat-resistant, it has been used in a number of auto parts including brakes, clutches and heat seals. When these parts start to break, the asbestos then escapes into the air and can even get onto an auto mechanic’s clothing.
The number of automobile mechanics in the United States that have been exposed to asbestos dust from brake and clutch work is estimated to be 900,000.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires the use of protective suits and respirators if 1% or more of asbestos is present. A study conducted by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer examined shops and garages located in major cities such as Baltimore, Boston, Chicago and more and found that dust in these facilities contained between 2.26% and 63.8% asbestos.
Other Mechanic Trades and Maintenance Workers
In addition to auto mechanics, maintenance workers that were in plumbing and heating positions or oil burner installation and service may also be workers exposed to asbestos. Residential boilers, hot water heaters and furnaces that were installed up through the 1970s were often assembled, sealed and/or insulated with asbestos products.
The majority of plumbing products that contain asbestos were manufactured between the 1940s and 1970s and included thermal insulation within pipes, boilers and ducts, as well as repairing materials, such as joint compounds, cement, pipe block, gaskets and welding rods.
When these materials are cut, drilled, sawed and sanded to fit, asbestos dust is released into the air, which can result in asbestos exposure and eventually asbestos-related diseases. Asbestos fibers linger in the air long after a job is completed and can even spread up to 75 feet from the work area.
If you have worked within any of these or similar trades, you may have been exposed to asbestos. If you are currently suffering with symptoms of an asbestos-related disease, you could be eligible to file a claim. Get your free consultation today, contact our lawyers or call 855-800-0093 for more information.