|Mesothelioma : Industries Affected|
Industries Affected - Several industries have utilized and still rely heavily on asbestos during manufacturing, building, and/or processing, putting workers at risk for developing mesothelioma. The following industries have reported high incidences of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases
The mining of asbestos is extremely dangerous to the health of workers, and has thus been outlawed in several nations throughout the world. The high density of airborne asbestos fibers generated by mines creates unsafe levels of exposure for workers and nearby residents alike.
Many construction materials are manufactured with asbestos due to the materials high resistance to conducting heat and electricity. Insulating and acoustical products, along with certain sealants, fireproofing and surfacing materials containing asbestos can be dangerous for those manufacturing, using, and living near them.
Any worker manufacturing asbestos containing products or utilizing asbestos-laden equipment is at risk for developing mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.
Asbestos pollution resulting from chemical processing and waste is hazardous to the health of plant workers and nearby residents. Sites throughout the United States have been contaminated with asbestos in this manner, making the air, ground water and soil toxic.
The demolition of buildings and factories that contain asbestos can fill the air with asbestos fibers. Demolition workers and those residing near demolition sites are vulnerable to developing asbestos related diseases. Proper containment, removal and disposal of demolished material are vital to protecting health.
To reduce the threat of asbestos exposure many building, factory and homeowners employ workers to remove asbestos-containing materials from the premises. If asbestos removal workers and other individuals on-site are not properly protected from exposure during the removal process, they can suffer from mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases
Automotive And Railroad
Several kinds of auto and railroad parts including brakes and clutches can contain hazardous amounts of asbestos. Workers involved in the manufacturing of these products, as well as automotive and railroad maintenance workers can suffer the health affects of asbestos exposure.
Maintenance And Installation
Plumbers, custodians, electricians, ship repairers and other workers involved in maintenance and/or installation of asbestos containing products can fall victim to mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.
Thousands of military employees have been exposed to asbestos through a number of means. Military workers laboring naval shipyards, manufacturing facilities and other asbestos contaminated sites have developed asbestos related diseases at an extremely elevated rate.