Carpenters often found themselves in the immediate vicinity of other workers including roofers, electricians, and plumbers who also applied and removed asbestos-containing materials.
This line of work may have increased the chances for the people working in it to develop serious cases of lung diseases like mesothelioma, different types of cancer and other respiratory conditions.
People who served in the military as carpenters would have to carry out heavy carpentry and masonry duties, such as building rigging devices, working on laying out and roofing structures and performing combat engineer missions. They would also construct framing and sheathing. Asbestos exposure was moderate in military carpenters since they would occasionally have to work with construction asbestos products, which unavoidably led to the disturbance of the dangerous mineral.
Relevant job titles
- marine carpenter
- trades carpenter
- carpenter helper
- construction helper
- scaffold worker
- warehouse craftsman
The companies that exposed carpenters to asbestos during the last century are the following: