Among sand manufacturing workers, asbestos exposure remains a persistent occupational hazard. Workers employed at crushing or sifting facilities that produce commercial or consumer sand products risk consistent, high-level exposures to asbestos fibers.
Compounds mixed within raw sand materials can include asbestos fibers. As sand-producing rock crushing machines pulverize raw materials, the machines potentially spread and release asbestos fibers into the air.
A 1995 NIOSH study concluded that all sand manufacturing workers face the risk of asbestos exposure, especially those employed from 1940 to 1982. Asbestos fiber levels of a Maryland traprock mining site known to contain asbestos had the highest amounts of potential exposure. Children’s safety advocates also note that children encounter a minor risk of exposure to asbestos fibers in play sand, indicating that the manufacturers of such products face a higher risk of inhaling ejected fibers.
Additionally, the machines used during the process of sand manufacturing could potentially contain a high level of asbestos materials. Machine part insulation, fire retardant substances, and anti-friction components all potentially expose workers to asbestos fibers.
Sand Manufacturing Workers Asbestos-Related Cancer Risk
Because of the high risk of asbestos exposure among sand manufacturing workers, they also face a corresponding risk of developing asbestos-related cancers. These cancers often have a prolonged latency period in between the exposure dates and the first appearance of symptoms. Symptoms of asbestos-related cancers like mesothelioma can take 40 years or more to develop.
Therefore, former workers in the sand manufacturing industry can still potentially develop cancerous neoplasms even long after they have retired or changed jobs.
If you or a family member once worked in sand manufacturing or rock crushing and have since been diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer or mesothelioma, contact Mesowatch immediately. You will obtain immediate assistance and receive a free, confidential case evaluation. You will also reach our nationwide team of asbestos attorneys in order to gather the necessary evidence and locate all liable parties and pursue the maximum amount of compensation for your losses.