The 5 Occupations Most At Risk for Dangerous Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to a dangerous concentration of asbestos typically occurred on various jobsites. Below are the five occupations most at risk to a dangerous exposure to asbestos. If you fall into one of those categories make sure your doctor knows so that you receive the proper pulmonary screening.

1. Ship Yard Worker

  • Approximately 30% of all mesothelioma lawsuits
  • Boiler workers and those who worked in demolitions or ship-repair typically suffered the most dangerous concentration levels

2. Power Plant Workers

  • Heat resistant products such as fireproofing spray and piping insulation are the most common sources of asbestos exposure for industrial workers
  • A study revealed that approximately 1/3 of all industrial workers had asbestos in saliva and mucous samples

3. Construction workers

  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that for roughly ¼ of all deaths where asbestos was the cause of death the individual was a construction worker
  • Thousands upon thousands of construction products manufactured prior to 1980 contained dangerous concentrations of asbestos

4. Industrial Workers

  • Insulators are among those most at risk of asbestos exposure
  • Some common industrial products that contained dangerous levels of asbestos include insulation, fireproofing, brakes, and asbestos paper

5. Firefighters

  • Asbestos was previously used to make the firefighters heat resistant gear which included jacket, pants, boots, and protective mask.
  • Because asbestos was used in many homes, specifically in the roofing, firefighter responding to fires are at risk from exposure from the disturbed asbestos particles

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry provides a thorough list of job titles which carry a large risk of asbestos exposure.

  • Auto Mechanics
  • Boiler Makers
  • Bricklayers
  • Demolition Workers
  • Drywallers
  • Electricians
  • Floor Covering Workers
  • Furnace Workers
  • Glaziers
  • Grinders
  • Hod Carriers
  • Insulators
  • Ironworker
  • Laborers
  • Maintenance Workers
  • Longshoremen
  • Merchant Marines
  • Millwrights
  • Operating Engineers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Libby Vermiculite Exfoliation Plant Workers
  • Roofers
  • Refinery Workers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Shipyard Workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Tile Setters
  • U.S. Navy Personnel
  • Welders
  • Plant Workers

The Paul Law Firm advocates for victims of asbestos-related diseases. If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, call the Paul Law Firm. With over 2 billion dollars collected for victims of asbestos exposure, we have the knowledge and the experience to fight for you. We also understand that fighting doesn't just happen in the courtroom it also happens in a lab where we are fighting for a cure. Check out the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America here.

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