Prior to the 1970s asbestos was used as the main insulation material in common parts like brakes, gaskets, transmission parts. You may not be aware but even in present-day asbestos still exists in older cars. A common job performed by mechanics is the brake and clutch replacement. The process of installing new brakes requires the mechanic to file, sand and drill the brake pads and linings to get them on the car creating dangerous dust in the process.
During the driving process, asbestos fibers collect in the brake drum as the brake shoes are being applied to the drum, thus creating friction. When maintenance work is scheduled on the vehicle the asbestos will be released in the auto shop, endangering its workers.
It is common for a long time to pass from being exposed to asbestos fibers to the onset of an asbestos-related disease. In this case, lung cancer may not show up until ten years after the mechanic was exposed to asbestos.
Auto mechanics also served in the military, being responsible for maintaining and repairing the systems and equipment present on the vehicles, such as the wheels and the engine. They were also in charge of repairing small equipment, such as a forklift or a transport vehicle. In the military, auto mechanics served in the U.S. Air Forces and the U.S. Army. Because numerous automotive components, such as brakes and gaskets, were manufactured with asbestos before 1980, veterans who served under this rating are now at high risk of developing a serious disease, such as lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma.
Relevant job titles
auto mechanic helper
engine performance technician
motor vehicle operator
motor vehicle mechanic
The companies that exposed auto mechanics to asbestos are the following:
Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in auto mechanics
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By repairing or replacing asbestos-containing auto components such as brakes, heat seals, clutches and gaskets, mechanics who worked before the 1980s are now at risk of being affected by serious diseases. The heat and friction resistance of asbestos made it a very convenient material to be included in numerous automotive parts. However, as these components age, asbestos becomes brittle and fibers are more likely to be released into the air when a disturbance occurs.
How can we help auto mechanics who were exposed to asbestos?
Often lung cancer symptoms will fail to appear until years after the mechanic was exposed to asbestos in the workplace and there is an even longer latency for asbestosis and mesothelioma. Contact us in order to get tested and receive treatment sooner.
Let us prepare and submit the required documents for filing claims with the asbestos trust funds, so you can receive the financial compensation needed to cover your treatment fees.
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