Throughout the 20th century, more than 3 million tons of asbestos were mined in our country and put in thousands of everyday products. Asbestos was very inexpensive and was used as filler in many different products throughout many different industries. For example, asbestos was used in insulation, engines, fuel tanks, and electrical wiring.
There are a number of different jobs where workers were exposed to a large amount of asbestos on a very frequent basis. People who have worked in the aircraft manufacturing industry may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma cancer due to asbestos exposure on the jobsite.
Workers in the aircraft manufacturing industry, both commercially and in the military, may have faced the hazards of asbestos exposure and the risk of developing mesothelioma. Asbestos was used in planes due to its resistance to heat and friction as well as being a lightweight mineral.
Asbestos was widely used on aircrafts as insulation around engines and electrical components. Any part of a plane with the potential to catch fire was likely insulated with a form of asbestos. This would include brakes, epoxies and glues, in addition to the insulation around engines, fuel tanks, and electrical wiring. Any aircraft manufacturing worker who performed maintenance on or worked in and around these areas may have been exposed to asbestos dust.
Unfortunately, millions of people have been exposed to asbestos over the years. Only now are we able to see the disastrous effects of asbestos exposure in the workplace. Generally, it takes 10 to 60 years from the time of asbestos exposure until symptoms appear or mesothelioma is diagnosed.
Many of the companies have established trust funds to pay compensation to persons injured by asbestos.
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