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As a boiler maker, you had to work in factories where assembling these machines was required on your part. This environment quickly became toxic when asbestos was introduced as preferred insulation for boilers and their parts.
In this line of work, you had to frequently use a hammer in order to file the rough areas of these products, a process that made the asbestos fibers spread into the atmosphere. Applying insulation materials posed another threat to the lives of these workers as asbestos was heavily used at that time for its fire-resistant characteristics.
Another risk of asbestos exposure came from using a rope made from a mixture containing this poisonous mineral as a gasket for the boiler’s door. This entailed cutting up the rope and exposing the asbestos fibers, raising exponentially the risk of the worker inhaling them.
People that worked for an extended period of time as boilermakers find out in their later years that the exposure to asbestos fibers led to the degradation of their health. Because of their long incubation period, diseases like mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis are usually diagnosed after 30 or even 40 years, when the probability of finding a cure is extremely low.
Relevant Job Titles
boiler and pressure vessel inspector
bolt up fitter
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We also represent the close relatives of boilermakers that handled asbestos and are now sick or have passed away.
Diseases Contracted after Asbestos Exposure in Boilermakers
Boilermakers were exposed to asbestos to a greater extent than boiler workers since they would work directly with the dangerous mineral when manufacturing the products. As a result, they would breathe in large amounts of asbestos fibers, which now places boiler workers at a high risk of developing a terrible disease. However, it is important to know that diseases that stem from occupational asbestos exposure occur within 20 to 50 years of the first exposure.
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Asbestos Products Boilermakers May Have Been Exposed To
Similarly to boiler workers, employees who were in charge of assembling these devices face a serious risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma. Boilermakers would apply asbestos-containing insulation over the vessel and its pipes, file, and hammer the edges, as well as use rope, made with asbestos fibers as gaskets. The workspace would often be poorly ventilated, which only increased the extent of exposure. Raw asbestos was also employed in some instances.
How Can We Help Boilermakers Who Were Exposed to Asbestos?
Boilermakers, as most of the people working around these machines, were subjected to constant exposure to asbestos and its poisonous fibers. This led to an increased risk of developing a life-threatening illness related to this mineral like mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis. Due to the delayed appearance of their symptoms, diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis require an early screening. You can contact us if you think you were exposed to asbestos in your line of work in order to get screened in the shortest time possible.
If your life has been put in danger due to the asbestos found at your workplace, you are entitled to seek compensation. Our team of lawyers is here to gather all the information needed in order to file claims with the asbestos trust funds of the liable companies. Moreover, if you worked as a boilermaker in the military, we will also file a claim with the VA to recover the maximum compensation you qualify for.
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1. Must have been diagnosed within the past 3 years (misdiagnosis is extremely common, ask for second and third opinions and a new diagnosis if you have been diagnosed prior to the 3 year statute of limitation)
2. Must be a veteran or industrial worker and have a work history with products that may have contained asbestos (you could have worked with these products and not knowing that they contained asbestos, check our high-risk occupational asbestos exposure jobs and also our asbestos products page to identify them)
3. Immediate eligibility for anyone diagnosed with the following lung cancer, bronchial cancer, esophageal cancer, throat cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer
4. If you are a navy veteran or was an industrial worker and suspect you have the asbestos fibers but you are receiving a different diagnosis we will need you to travel to Birmingham, AL to accurately test you and see if you are eligible