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Industries still using Asbestos

Industries still using Asbestos

A number of industries still use asbestos. A durable material favored for its heat resistance, asbestos can cause harmful and even deadly illnesses. Exposure to asbestos can lead to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, as well as other afflictions. At certain levels of exposure, employers are required to provide proper notification, training, protective clothing and equipment.

The following industries have a high risk of asbestos exposure:

• Auto mechanics

• Shipbuilding

• Power plants

• Manufacturing of asbestos products

• Mining and milling for asbestos

• Construction

• Firefighting

Auto mechanics can come into contact with asbestos because it was widely used in friction materials, including brake linings and clutch facings. Studies have found that asbestos dust is often present in auto shops. In construction, asbestos is a high risk in demolition, renovation, insulating, plumbing and pipefitting.

Illnesses caused by asbestos are often not detected early because the initial symptoms, such as shortness of breath, are so common. If you become ill, be sure to let your doctor know if you work in an industry that poses a risk of asbestos exposure, or if you have worked for a known asbestos company.

If you think you have developed an asbestos-related illness from the workplace, please contact the experienced Washington D.C. asbestos lawyer Matthew E. Kiely to schedule a consultation.