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Factory Asbestos Exposure

America’s factories employ roughly 11% of the country’s workforce. These workers do a wide variety of jobs from working on an assembly line, packaging lines, loading raw materials, and unloading raw materials as well as finished products. The wide variety of jobs performed by factory workers keep America moving and keep the shelves stocked.

As helpful as these factory workers are, they are taken for granted when their employers expose them to asbestos in the factories. Much of the asbestos to which workers were exposed was in place long before many of the workers started working. Thousands of American workers were exposed to asbestos prior to its reduced use in the 1980s. There is a risk, even today, that undiscovered asbestos is contaminating the country’s factories and putting people at risk for asbestosis and mesothelioma.

The machinery used in factories is the primary source of exposure to asbestos for factory workers. The various pieces of machinery utilized in assembly lines and a wide variety of other portions of the factories have huge numbers of belts that could contain asbestos.

Because of asbestos’ ability to resist heat and fire as well as its ability to insulate other things from heat, it has been used as a packaging item for ball bearings and other friction bearing parts. As friction is created by the parts being rubbed together, the asbestos containing material was damaged and released tiny fibers into the air. This allowed the workers in whatever factory to inhale the fibers and be exposed to the deadly fibers.

Contact a Mesothelioma Attorney

If you have been exposed to asbestos through your work in a factory or other place of employment, contact the mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Hart at 1-800-781-3955 to discuss your situation.

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