During the twentieth century tons of asbestos were mined in the United States. The mineral was used in as filler in thousands of products because it was inexpensive, strong, and resistant to heat, flame and corrosion. It was thought to be the perfect material for building projects as it effectively insulated and fireproofed homes, schools and businesses.
Prior to regulation, asbestos was commonly used in the manufacturing of roofing materials, including roof tile. Those who have worked in roof tile manufacturing plants may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related illnesses from exposure on the job. As roof tile manufacturing workers handled asbestos products and raw asbestos that was mixed with other materials to produce tiles, they often created large amounts of asbestos dust. Once asbestos dust is released in the air, the tiny fibers often lingered in the workplace where they could be inhaled or ingested by workers in the plant. When asbestos fibers are ingested, they can become lodged in the lining of the lungs, stomach and other organs causing inflammation and scarring that may eventually lead to the development of mesothelioma cancer and lung cancer among other diseases.
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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