High-Risk Jobs and Asbestos Exposure

Industrial electrician working on a machine

Asbestos exposure happens most in industrial settings. Many occupations run the risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos Abatement Services wants you to be prepared. We have several industries, where asbestos exposure is frequent. Asbestos fibers have been used in many goods over the years, and can still, contain trace amounts of asbestos fibers.
• Construction Workers
Construction workers are the most common place for asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers were used in building materials such as ceilings, pipes, floors, adhesive compounds, and for fireproofing.
• Auto Mechanics
Asbestos is used in gaskets, brake innings, and even clutches. Mechanics are exposed on a daily basis.
• Railroad Workers
Many trains used asbestos fibers in insulation, brake linings, and areas that needing fire-proofing.
• Electricians
Electricians work around wires, insulation, materials used for fireproofing, and adhesives. These items contained asbestos. Asbestos was a durable and cheap alternative that was fire retardant.
• Shipbuilders
Asbestos was delivered using ships, and many ships were build using asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos was also commonly used in the building and repair of vessels.
• Insulation Installers
Insulation is the number one place that asbestos is found. Asbestos is fireproof, and its overall effectiveness and durability made it perfect for insulation. Insulation installers were exposed to high amounts of asbestos.
• Drywall Contractors
Drywall is known to contain asbestos fibers, as does the adhesives. Drywall contained high levels of asbestos.
• Teachers
Teachers are an odd professional to have asbestos exposure, but older schools were built using asbestos fibers. Remodeled or damaged areas cause exposure to teachers.
• Firefighters
Firefighters have been known to wear suits containing asbestos, as asbestos fibers are fire retardant. They also risked exposure by fighting fires in older buildings.
Above are some of the more common industries that were exposed to asbestos. Asbestos exposure is still happening in many industries as asbestos is still legal in the United States.

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