Auto mechanics

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

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.

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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

  • assembler
  • repairman
  • brake mechanic
  • grinder
  • gasket worker
  • accessories technician
  • apprentice technician
  • auto detailer
  • auto mechanic helper
  • dismantler
  • engine performance technician
  • installation mechanic
  • vehicle operator
  • motor vehicle operator
  • motor vehicle mechanic
  • maintenance mechanic
  • motor inspector

Asbestos secondary exposure?

People exposed through spouse, husband, parent, relative.

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Asbestos-related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If, however, you struggle with non-cancerous pleural diseases such as asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), pleurisy, lung nodules, lung spots, asthma, pneumonitis, tuberculosis, rounded atelectasis or lung scarring, please seek a second or even a third opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.

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Labor union members are also eligible

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