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Asbestos is heat and fire resistant, strong, flexible, a good insulator, and a poor conductor. These properties make it useful in many industries and thousands of products. Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos can develop mesothelioma and asbestosis, but those are the greatest risk are people who were exposed to asbestos on-the-job.

Industries and Work Environments

Industries and work environments in which asbestos is commonly used or encountered include:

  • Shipyards
  • Steel mills
  • Oil refineries
  • Military
  • Power plants
  • Chemical plants
  • Mines
  • Welding
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • Automotive repair
  • Appliance manufacturing
  • Appliance repair
  • Construction
  • Remodeling
  • Demolition
  • Firefighting
  • Disaster response

Construction and Disaster Response

Asbestos has been used very heavily in construction and is still used in some construction materials. Older buildings pose the biggest asbestos exposure risk. Construction workers are often exposed to asbestos during demolition and remodeling. Firefighters and disaster response workers are at high risk for encountering asbestos at any time when performing their duties.

When the Twin Towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001, rescue workers rushed in selflessly to help. Although many immediate dangerous were apparent, no one realized at the time that asbestos would be the silent killer which would take their lives within a few years. While this is one well-known and extreme example, first responders are exposed to asbestos on a regular basis.

Auto Industry

Asbestos is used in cars because it is heat and fire resistant. Brake pads, gaskets, firewalls, and other parts contain asbestos. Today, there are asbestos-free alternatives, but parts containing asbestos are still used. Workers in auto manufacturing and auto repair were heavily exposed in the past and are still exposed to asbestos today.

If you perform routine maintenance at home, such as replacing your brake pads, you may have been exposed as well.

Protecting and Killing Workers at the Same Time

In many industries, asbestos was used in equipment to prevent fires and in protective gear that workers wore to protect them from extreme heat and burns. Steel mills, power plants, oil refineries, and chemical plants are all very dangerous places to work. The potential for accidents and injuries are high. Many of the immediate safety concerns were addressed with asbestos products.

Unfortunately, this means that the workers that asbestos was used to protect were being exposed to the very substance that would later kill them. This was not an innocent mistake. The dangers of asbestos have been known since the early part of the 20th century.