Manufacturing has long been a driving force behind our economy and most of the goods that consumers purchase are now mass produced in a factory or a plant that produces the parts or assembles them. Machinery is capable of reaching extreme temperatures and asbestos laced products were used regularly as insulation to protect workers from the heat of the machines that they were using and to prevent fires. Asbestos can be harmful, however, if it is inhaled in significant quantities on a regular basis. Most factory workers are unaware of the contact that they have with asbestos until they develop mesothelioma many years later and the cause is traced back to asbestos exposure at their jobs.
Before the health hazards of asbestos were known, machinists would constantly be required to use products that contained asbestos. Grinding metal is an instrumental part of the machining process and it produces both heat and sparks. Asbestos was used in these situations as a form of insulation to protect the machinist from the heat that was being created. A lot of the materials that machinists produced were laced with asbestos as well.
After many years of exposure to asbestos, workers began to develop mesothelioma, which is a rare form of cancer that affects the membranes that line the lungs, heart and stomach. In 1989, legislation was passed that limited the amount of asbestos that could be included in the production of many products, but asbestos is still legal for use in the United States. Machinists still use materials that contain asbestos to this day.
Industrial Plant Workers
Plants in the time before the 1970s used asbestos in the majority of the equipment that workers would operate. Blast furnaces, boilers, pipes and gaskets all contained asbestos and workers would create products that contained asbestos. The act of grinding, sawing, drilling and pounding these products would contaminate the air and the vibrations from machinery would free asbestos particles located in ceilings, walls and floors into the air as well for workers to inhale without knowledge that their health was in jeopardy.
Asbestos was a popular material used for many car parts, including car brakes. The high concentration of asbestos in brake pads presents a danger to workers at the plant as well as the mechanics who grind the brakes down later when the pads need to be replaced. The grinding of brake pads and other automotive parts fills the air of automobile plants with asbestos and many of the plant workers are unaware of the contamination until it is too late.
Attorneys Representing Factory Workers In Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Cases
Mesothelioma is a crippling disease that carries with it a grim prognosis— most people diagnosed with the rare cancer do not survive more than two years. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other condition related to the inhalation of asbestos, Chicago Mesothelioma Lawyers are here to help. You may be entitled to compensation and we will work with you in order to ensure that you are awarded the most money for your injuries possible
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation— we can even come out to you if you are not near one of our many offices throughout Chicago and Illinois. Our services are free of charge if we are unable to collect money on your behalf because we are that confident that we are able to win your case.