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Concerned about Mesothelioma? Our North Carolina Asbestos Lawyer Explains the Risks of Exposure

The widespread use of asbestos during the 20th century has put millions at risk of asbestos-related illnesses, with hundreds of thousands of U.S. families already affected. While a Martin & Jones North Carolina asbestos lawyer can help you determine where and how your exposure occurred, the following describes some  common asbestos uses in  the United States.

How Do People Become Exposed to Asbestos?

 If you worked in any of these industries — particularly if you are a union member or a veteran — and have come down with an asbestos-related illness, contact a Martin & Jones North Carolina asbestos lawyer right away.

Construction Industry Asbestos Exposure

Workers in the construction industry are at particular risk of asbestos-related illness as the material was used in a large number of construction-related products. The following are just some of the types of construction workers who have been put at risk: 

  • Bricklayers 
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Demolition workers
  • Drywall hangers 
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Masonry workers
  • Roofers
  • Tile setters
  • HVAC workers
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Mesothelioma Risks for the Power Plant Industry 

Asbestos products were commonly used in power plants throughout the United States. Boilers, turbines, steam pipes, tanks, and generators commonly used in coal-fired plants, steam plants, hydro-electric plants and nuclear power plants were frequently insulated with asbestos-containing products like pipe covering, block insulation, gaskets and refractory cement. 

Steel Industry Asbestos Exposure

Manufacturing steel requires intense heat. As a result, asbestos was the preferred heat-shielding agent of the steel industry for decades. Not only was it used to shield heat in steel factory fixtures and machinery, but it was infused into the protecting gloves, aprons and leggings that steelworkers were required to wear. 

Shipyard Industry Asbestos Exposure

Anyone who worked at a shipyard in the 20th century was put at significant risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is not used in manufacturing ships today, but it still exists on many ships that end up in shipyards for maintenance and repairs. If you ever worked in a shipyard, you may have been exposed to asbestos. A Martin & Jones North Carolina asbestos lawyer can assist you in determining your risks and your rights. Review our list of known asbestos exposure shipyards in the United States. 

Asbestos Risks in the Automotive Industry 

Workers in auto garages, car dealerships and other confined workspaces often spend years working with clutch facings, brake shoes, linings and other asbestos-containing friction materials. 

Families of Workers Exposed to Asbestos

Even if you never worked in any of these professions, if you had a family member who did, you may have been exposed to asbestos. Often, workers would return home carrying asbestos fibers on their clothing and skin, which put their families at risk of developing mesothelioma years or even decades later. Workers were usually not warned of the hazards of asbestos, so they had no reason to know of the risks to their families.

Contact an Asbestos Lawyer at Martin and Jones to Learn More

At Martin & Jones, our asbestos attorneys work with clients all across the United States, investigating where they came in contact with asbestos and who can be held responsible. Please call us at 1-800-662-1234 or reach out to us online. All consultations are free and put you under no obligations. We have offices in Raleigh, Durham and Wilmington.

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