Mesothelioma Jobs: Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace
"The floating [asbestos] fibres do not respect job classifications. Thus, for example, insulation workers undoubtedly share their exposure with their workmates in other trades; intimate contact with asbestos is possible for electricians, plumbers, sheet-metal workers, steamfitters, laborers, carpenters, boiler makers, and foreman; perhaps even the supervising architect should be included."1
Products, Places, & People
Mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other cancers caused by exposure to asbestos are naturally more common in certain industries, certain occupations, and even certain locations. When you've been helping the thousands of people injured by asbestos that GPW has, for as long as we have, the number of industries, job sites, and companies with which you're familiar grows quite big.
This familiarity is a very helpful thing for those who subsequently get mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer, because asbestos cases are complex. A single case on behalf of one injured person can involve more than 5,000 documents. People change jobs, workplaces, move across state, or out of state altogether. Piecing together all the places a person worked, the occupations they held, and products they worked each step of the way with is crucial to identifying their asbestos exposure history.
Burden of Proof
Despite the fact that mesothelioma's only known cause is asbestos exposure, the burden of proof is placed on the injured party. Where you worked, what products and materials you worked with, and how you were exposed are all up to the plaintiff to prove. Lung cancer and other asbestos-caused cancer cases are that much more challenging.
Decades may have passed between your exposure and diagnosis, yet you're being asked to remember seemingly insignificant details of your employment history. What color were the bags of insulating material you used? Where in the plant did you spend most of your time? Who remembers you working in that department?
Over the past three decades GPW has accumulated thousands of corporate documentation, a vast knowledge of asbestos products, hundreds of depositions, and an extensive knowledge of job sites nationwide. For a client who couldn't recall anything beyond the green design on the bag of asbestos material that were delivered to his plant, we were able to locate a picture of the bag and shipping invoices indicating their delivery to the worksite.
To help you understand just a small portion of the information and resources we have accumulated, we've listed many of the job sites our past and current clients worked at on these pages. Drill down by state (at right) and then city, or you can view a list of companies that have established asbestos bankruptcy trusts.
Whether you worked at one or many of these companies, or none at all, we can help you protect your rights against manufacturers who produced, sold, and used asbestos products with little regard for the health and safety of millions of workers and their families. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you and your loved ones.
Asbestos Industries & Occupations
Workers who deal closely with asbestos and asbestos products are obviously the most likely to develop asbestos-related diseases (ARDs). According to the CDC and NIOSH, industries that show a significant proportionate mortality ratio (PMR) with respect the mesothelioma include:
- ship and boat building and repair
- industrial and miscellaneous chemicals
- petroleum refining
- electric light and power
In addition to these industries, occupations that reveal a significant PMR include plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters; mechanical engineers; electricians; and elementary school teachers. Asbestos also puts these industries and occupations at increased risk for asbestosis, lung cancer, colon cancer, and throat cancer.
From Our Clients
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-1312United States
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15901-2134United States
Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601United States
Saginaw, Michigan 48603-3438United States
Southfield, Michigan 48076-3739United States
Weirton, West Virginia 26062United States
- Irving J. Selikoff, "Asbestos and Neoplasia." JAMA 188 (6 April 1964), pp 22-6. As cited in McCulloch & Tweedale, Defending the Indefensible. Oxford University Press (2008), p. 189.
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