Asbestos Exposure Linked to Railroad Occupations
Up until the 1970s, and by some accounts even up until the 1990s, railroad companies used asbestos-contaminated products in order to manufacture railroad parts or repair them. The railroad industry is well known for its widespread use of asbestos before it was outlawed, and some reports even indicate that the railroad companies continued to use asbestos after that. This led to the exposure of millions of American workers to this dangerous and toxic substance.
Mesothelioma and Railroad Workers
Railroad employees frequently came into contact with asbestos-contaminated products in repair facilities, back shops, or the roundhouse. When inhaled, asbestos fibers can attach themselves to the lining on the inside of the lungs. This can cause mesothelioma, a deadly type of cancer that is unique to asbestos exposure.
Because of the prevalence of asbestos in the railroad industry, many railroad employees have been diagnosed with mesothelioma years later. Below is a list of examples of specific railroad jobs where the risk of exposure to asbestos was high.
Common Railroad Products Known to Have Contained Asbestos
Over the years, railroad workers were exposed to a variety of products that are known to have contained asbestos, which include:
- Insulation. For many years, asbestos was used to insulate locomotives, including boilers, carriages, electrical panels, engines, and under-train bodies.
- Locomotive parts. Asbestos was used by railroad companies in brake linings, brake pads, ceiling tiles, and clutches.
- Railroad equipment. Asbestos was placed in a number of different types of railroad equipment, including cement ties, gaskets, plaster, sealing cement, and wallboards.
As a result of this widespread use of asbestos in the railroad industry, rail workers as well as people who road on railroads were exposed to this danger.
We Know How Difficult Mesothelioma is
Our principal attorney, Michael Throneberry, understands the difficulties faced by victims of mesothelioma and their families. He lost his own father-in-law in 2004 to the disease after a grueling 16-month battle. It was his father-in-law's death that prompted him to devote his practice focus to mesothelioma litigation.
We know that the emotional, physical, and financial impact of mesothelioma is overwhelming, and we're available to assist you throughout the process of getting the right medical treatment and obtaining the funds you need to cover excessive medical costs, pain, and suffering.
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Railroad Jobs Linked to Exposure to Asbestos
- Railroad Lagger
- Railroad Mechanic
- Railroad Oiler
- RR Forger
- Railroad Car Repairman
- Railroad Fire Box Installer
- RR Blacksmith
- RR Burner
- RR Brakeman
- Roundhouse Worker
- Railroad Back Shop Worker
- Railroad Repair Facility Worker
- Railroad Supply House Worker
- Railroad Fireman
- Railroad Car Construction Worker
- RR Welder
- RR Steamfitter
- RR Pipefitter
- Railroad Insulator
- Railroad Boilermaker
- Railroad Plumber
- Worker in Railroad Repair Shop
- Railroad Grinding Room Worker
- RR Brake Line Worker
- RR Shoe & Brake Installer
- Railroad Workers in or around Grinding Room or Grinder
- RR Brake Line and Shoe Repairman
- Railroad Pipe Insulator