While many industries encountered asbestos through products used on worksites, those that made the products faced the highest risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos product factory workers and supervisors exercised minimal use of caution with the presence of asbestos at the workplace.
Handling of asbestos often meant little to no protective equipment and no ventilation system. Factories that manufactured asbestos textiles faced the worst exposure levels. One study conducted in 1934 to measure the level of asbestos exposure in the air found high levels of asbestos in rooms where raw asbestos was smoothed inti fibers.
Workers would handle raw asbestos in unsealed bales or easily torn containers. Asbestos fibers would often contaminate their clothes, putting family members at risk. For this reason, asbestos factory workers and nearby residents face the largest risk of asbestos exposure through the environment.
Asbestos Product Factory Workers and Cancer Rates
Scientists first formally observed asbestos-related diseases and conditions among asbestos factory workers. A 1927 report by physician W. E. Cooke coined the term “asbestosis” in relation to the condition asbestos textile factory workers commonly suffered.
Other product manufacturers showed a strong correlation to exposure and mesothelioma cancer rates. A 2015 study of an Italian town that was the former site of an asbestos cement factory noted extremely high mesothelioma rates.
Researchers recorded 147 malignant mesothelioma cases among former workers. 138 of the cases were pleural, and nine were peritoneal. They also recorded 37 malignant mesothelioma cases among factory worker family members and 72 within adjacent residents of the factory.
Due to the asbestos exposure risk of adjacent residents, anyone who ever worked in or lived near an asbestos product factory faces a high risk of related mesothelioma or lung cancer from asbestos exposure.
Asbestos Product Types
Manufacturers used asbestos in over 3,000 products at the height of demand in the 1970s. Products with the highest exposure levels included:
- Asbestos textiles and fireproof blankets
- Asbestos insulation
- Asbestos cement
- Fireproofing materials
- Spray insulation
- Asbestos construction boards
If you or a family member once worked in a factory that manufactured asbestos products, contact Mesowatch today. You will obtain immediate assistance and a free, confidential case evaluation. We will work quickly to pursue maximum compensation for your losses with our nationwide team of experienced attorneys. They will use their knowledge to identify all liable parties and trust funds and expedite the process of receiving compensation for the harm done to you by the asbestos exposure.