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What jobs have high asbestos exposure?

People who work in certain jobs and industries have a higher likelihood of being exposed to asbestos. The danger here is that asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that usually affects the outer lining of the lungs, and can affect other body parts as well.

Mesothelioma most often occurs in people who have had heavy exposure in their jobs, and it takes decades for the mesothelioma to manifest enough to be diagnosed. The latency period for mesothelioma can be 30 to 50 years.

What are some of the common jobs and industries in which asbestos exposure commonly occurred – or still does occur?

  • Auto mechanics (especially those who install brakes and clutches)
  • Asbestos miners
  • Boiler makers
  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters
  • Cement layers/workers
  • Coal miners
  • Construction workers
  • Drywall workers
  • Electricians
  • Factory workers
  • Firefighters
  • Furnace installers
  • Industrial workers
  • Insulation installers
  • Iron workers
  • Navy veterans
  • Painters
  • Paper mill workers
  • Pipefitters
  • Plumbers
  • Power plant workers
  • Railroad workers
  • Roofers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Welders

This is not an exhaustive list, as asbestos exposure may occur in other jobs and industries, as well. Additionally, family members of those working in these industries may have been exposed to asbestos through secondhand exposure.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you worked in one of these industries or another where asbestos exposure occurred, you deserve to learn about your legal rights and options.

Free consultation: Call the law firm of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, at 866-594-8765. We represent people throughout the United States, and we can travel to meet you in your home.

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