Throughout the 20th century, 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 widely used in brake pads, clutches, engine components, and insulation.
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 automotive manufacturing industry may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma cancer due to asbestos exposure on the jobsite.
Workers in the automotive manufacturing industry were potentially exposed to mesothelioma causing asbestos in factories while working to produce cars, trucks and other vehicles. Automobile manufacturers commonly used asbestos in automotive parts because of its resistance to the friction and heat that was generated by vehicles. Asbestos was often found in brake pads, clutches, internal and engine components, insulation, and even the body construction.
Workers who handled these automotive parts on the assembly line, or worked to install them, may have disturbed asbestos, making it airborne. When airborne asbestos is inhaled, it can become lodged in lung tissue and potentially put automotive plant workers at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer.
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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