Asbestos in Metal Works
There are still many aspects of asbestos that are being researched. A known fact about asbestos exposure is that almost all cases are work related. Those who were exposed in their work environment had first hand contact with the material. The inhalation or ingestion of these fibers was very common and those who were exposed are now at risk for serious asbestos-related illnesses, such as asbestosis and pleural mesothelioma.
One of the most general work areas containing asbestos was the metal works industry. Due to the unique qualities of asbestos (such as its durability and fire and heat resistance) metal industries used it extensively in insulating metal materials. Those who would be most susceptible to exposure would be those who worked in steel yards, mines and railroads. Asbestos dust could have been present in any area of those environments. Certain products, however, are more likely to have been the source of the dust and airborne fibers in those areas. These products include thermal insulation, steam pipes, hot water pipes, gaskets, brakes and clutches.
The aftermath of asbestos exposure is extremely dangerous. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos through years of work at a metal industry, contact a doctor immediately to receive a complete physical and testing for asbestos related diseases. A proper diagnosis will help your physician determine the best mesothelioma treatment.
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Last modified: December 28, 2010.