Occupational Exposure to Asbestos

Asbestos was a popular material that was not properly regulated to protect those working around it from its harmful effects. Many different industries relied heavily on this material because it was inexpensive and able to withstand high temperatures.

Individuals working on the railroads, in the navy, and in manufacturing all are at high risk for developing asbestos-related diseases from inhaling and ingesting the microscopic fibers that are released from asbestos products.

If you have a history of working in an environment that exposed you to asbestos and have developed a health problem, you may qualify for financial compensation.

Learn more about the benefits of filing an asbestos trust claim when you contact our law firm. We will answer any questions you have and help you gather the proper information to apply for asbestos trusts and get money.

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Top At-Risk Occupations for Asbestos Exposure

Railroad Worker

The railroad industry has a long history of using asbestos and asbestos-containing products. The boilers on steam locomotives were covered with up to 6,000 pounds of asbestos insulation material.  Asbestos gaskets, refractory products, and thermal insulation were also commonly used on locomotives during this era. Maintenance and repairs made to these locomotives were completed in the roundhouse where workers in other crafts were often exposed to dangerous airborne asbestos fibers.

While diesel locomotives eventually replaced the steam locomotives, many asbestos-containing products continued to be used on diesel locomotives as well. As late as the 1990s, thousands of locomotives in service had asbestos-containing material on them.

If you worked for the railroads before 1982, you may be entitled to compensation. There is currently over 30 billion dollars put away in trusts for individuals who were exposed to asbestos and have developed health problems as a result. The process to get your share of compensation is simple and does not require a lawsuit.

How was asbestos used in the railroad industry?

  • The boilers and fireboxes contained asbestos parts and insulation, including asbestos lagging insulation and asbestos refractory cement, commonly referred to as furnace cement. Asbestos was used in locomotive brake pads, brake linings and clutches.
  • Both the ceiling and flooring tiles in train passenger cars commonly contained asbestos to provide an aesthetically pleasing fireproofing.
  • Asbestos was commonly used to insulate materials on steam locomotives and diesel locomotives, such as boilers, the outside of the engine, under the metal body of the train, in boxcars, ceilings of cabooses, pipe coverings, electrical panels and the driving cabins and carriages. 
  • Asbestos was also used in insulation in roadhouses and railroad shops. Asbestos block insulation or asbestos panels were frequently used as insulation on steam locomotives. 

Railroad Companies Asbestos Exposure

  • Union Pacific
  • BNSF
  • Illinois Central
  • Denver & Rio Grande
  • CSX
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Missouri Pacific
  • Denver & Rio Grande
  • Port Terminal Railroad
  • Fort Worth & Western
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Texas & New Orleans
  • Conrail
  • Southern Railroad
  • Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe
  • Burlington Northern
  • Western Pacific
  • Mobile & Ohio Railroad
  • Northern Pacific
  • Southern Pacific
  • Frisco
  • Cotton Belt
  • New York and Lake Erie
  • New York Central
  • Great Northern
  • Penn Central
  • Amtrak
  • Rock Island

Railroad Companies Asbestos Products

  • Pipe Insulation
  • Brake shoes
  • Gaskets
  • Packing Material
  • Millboard
  • Asbestos Rope
  • Freight Cars
  • Box Cars
  • Cabooses
  • Railroad Shops
  • Composition Brake Shoes
  • Asbestos Millboard
  • Flexible Train line insulation
  • Asbestos Lagging
  • Pipe Insulation
  • Asbestos Cement
  • Asbestos Felt
  • Asbestos Fabric
  • Drywall Compound
  • Heat Shields
  • Asbestos Gloves
  • Asbestos Tape
  • Asbestos Gaskets
  • Pipe Wrap
  • Valve Packing
  • Electrical Boards
  • Bearing Packing
  • Mineral Wool
  • Insulating Cement
  • Asbestos Mud
  • Arc Chutes
  • Insulated Electrical Wire
  • Ground Asbestos
  • Sealing and Glazing Compounds
  • Sheet Asbestos
  • Roundhouses
  • Tracks
  • Work Machines
  • Welding supplies
  • Locomotives

Railroad Companies Occupation Exposure

  • Roundhouse Workers
  • Locomotive Engineer
  • Fireman
  • Brakeman
  • Repairman
  • Mechanics
  • Boilermaker
  • Sheetmetal Worker
  • Switchman
  • Carman
  • Machinist
  • Pipefitter
  • Welder
  • Oiler
  • Yard Clerk
  • Signalman
  • Trackman
  • Bridge & Building (B&B)
  • Laborer
  • Conductor
  • Warehouseman

Asbestos On U.S. Navy Ships

Throughout most of the 20th Century, asbestos-containing materials were used on Navy ships for the insulation and fireproof qualities.  Although engine and boiler rooms typically had the highest concentrations of asbestos, no area aboard ship was considered safe from asbestos fibers.

Pipes aboard ships were insulated with asbestos, often running through crew compartments and sleeping quarters.  Spray asbestos was also used for fireproofing and many engine components contained asbestos gaskets, packing, and other components.

Unfortunately, because the dangers of asbestos were concealed by the manufacturers of those products for decades, crew members were often exposed while performing routine maintenance tasks or while the ships were being repaired in dry dock. 

Navy Asbestos Exposure

  • Pipe Insulation
  • Gaskets
  • Fireproofing
  • Pumps and Valves
  • Ceiling and Floor Tiles
  • Thermal Insulation
  • Adhesives
  • Cables
  • Caulk
  • Deck Coverings
  • Electrical Coating
  • Boilers, boiler linings, and heat shields
  • Engines
  • Grinders
  • Insulation
  • Lagging and rope
  • Linings of steel wall plates and doors
  • Meters
  • Packing
  • Paint
  • Paneling
  • Pipes, pipe insulation, and pipe coverings
  • Tubing
  • Turbines

Navy Asbestos Locations

  • Engine Rooms
  • Boiler Rooms
  • Galleys
  • Mess halls
  • Pumps
  • Propulsion Rooms
  • Crew living quarters

Navy Occupation Exposure

  • Boilermen
  • Enginemen
  • Firemen
  • Machinist Mates
  • Shipfiters
  • Pipefitters
  • Electrician's Mates
  • Seabees (combat construction)

Industrial Worker

Industrial workers handle the labor aspects of metalwork, woodwork and other similar occupations. Welders, molders, millwrights and smelters are a few examples of industrial workers.

These individuals often are responsible for repairing machinery or operating power and heating systems. Most industrial processes generate large amounts of heat, which led to manufacturers using asbestos as an insulation component to their products.

When repairing or operating machinery created with asbestos products, the disturbance yields dangerous asbestos dust. These particles become airborne and put workers at risk for several serious asbestos-related diseases. 

How was asbestos used in the manufacturing industry?

Asbestos was heavily used in every aspect of the manufacturing industry, including in the protective gear industrial workers had to wear. Asbestos is a heat resistant material that was used in creating heat-resistant and fire-retardant gear such as gloves, aprons, and clothing. 

Industrial Asbestos Exposure

  • Refineries
  • Chemical Plants
  • Foundries and Steel Millsr
  • Factories
  • Automotive Plants
  • Paper Mills
  • Composition Brake Shoes
  • Fireproofing
  • Brake Shoes
  • Rotors
  • Paper
  • Textiles
  • Gaskets

Industrial Asbestos Products

  • Pipe Insulation
  • Brake Shoes
  • Gaskets
  • Spray Fireproofing
  • Ceiling and Floor Tiles
  • Millboard
  • Cement.
  • Asbestos Paper
  • Asbestos Textiles
  • Metal Work
  • Gas Valves
  • Autoclaves
  • Engine Heaters

Industrial Occupation Exposure

  • Refinery Workers
  • Welders
  • Pipefitters
  • Mechanics
  • Millwrights
  • Laborers
  • Maintenance workers
  • Industrial insulators
  • Sheet metal workers

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Asbestos companies have paid claimants more than $18 billion since the late 1980s.


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Financial Compensation for People Injured by Asbestos Exposure

It is devastating to find out you have an illness due to asbestos exposure, especially because it could have been prevented if manufacturers of asbestos products had been honest about the risks of their products. As a result of their actions, courts have forced manufacturers of asbestos-containing products to set aside over $30 billion dollars to compensate workers with asbestos-related illnesses, and their families. Let us help you get the financial compensation you deserve.

Occupational Exposure FAQs

No. Filing for an asbestos trust claim is not the same as filing a lawsuit. We work with you to determine which trusts you qualify for and submit the proper documentation for those specific trusts. The process is simple and does not require any lawsuits or court appearances from you or your previous employer.

Our team can work with you to determine which trusts match your specific situation. This is done by taking into consideration your occupational background, years of occupational exposure, and any health conditions you have since developed. Once we have collected this information we will file for the trust claims we believe you have the best chance of qualifying for.

Each asbestos trust has its own unique standard and time constraints to be filed. Time is counting down on all of them the moment a loved one passes away. This is why it is important to file for these claims as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss out on the compensation you qualify for. Reach out to our team today to learn more about filing an asbestos trust claim for a deceased relative. 

In total, an individual will need to have 5 years or more of occupational exposure to qualify for an asbestos trust claim. However, these 5 years do not all have to be working for the same company or even in one specific industry. We help clients with diverse occupational backgrounds gather the necessary information to prove they were exposed to asbestos for 5 or more years.

We work with our clients to determine which trusts they qualify for. This is done by looking into your occupational background, years of occupational exposure, and any asbestos-related illnesses you have since developed. Each person has a unique history that affects which asbestos trust claims they should apply to.