Based upon a government exemption that protects it and a number of asbestos companies from liability, one of the most at risk asbestos occupations in Washington, D.C. might well be as a maintenance worker for any of the Capital Hill buildings. Not only are these workers exposed regularly to airborne particles from asbestos used for heating, plumbing and insulation in the basements of these buildings, but they have no legal recourse to collect monetary damages for the asbestos related diseases they have developed as a result of their work.
The Washington Navy Yard is another dangerous location for workers because it was heavily fireproofed with asbestos. Prior to 1961 it was used to produce munitions and guns and housed blast furnaces and an array of flammable substances. Steel and iron casting were done in the buildings, adding to the demand for fireproofing. The Navy Yard workers also wore asbestos protective clothing that could release asbestos fibers if they were torn or wore thin.
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