Heavy equipment operators served in the military and were responsible for working with heavy equipment used in engineering and construction projects. They would undergo rigorous training to qualify for this job. By using bulldozers, cranes and graders, heavy equipment operators would perform their duties in the military. They would also operate crawler and wheeled tractors with dozer attachments, motorized graders, backhoe loaders, scoop loaders, hydraulic excavators and towed or self-propelled scrapers.
In the military, heavy equipment operators were in charge of operating heavy equipment such as bulldozers, cranes and graders to complete engineering and construction projects. They served in the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps. Heavy equipment operators were also responsible for interpreting information on grade stakes and for clearing, backfilling, excavating and stockpiling with a tractor crawler or a loader. They would also cut and spread fill material with a scraper, scarify and level soil with a grader and transport the heavy construction equipment with a tractor-trailer. Furthermore, military heavy equipment operators were responsible for assisting in the performance of combat engineer missions.
Relevant job titles
crane and tower operator
excavating and loading machine operator
heavy and tractor-trailer truck driver
industrial truck and tractor operator
Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.
Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in heavy equipment operators
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Asbestos products handled by heavy equipment operators
Since they would perform construction and engineering work, heavy equipment operators came in contact with numerous asbestos products, such as cement, pipes and insulation. When these products were disturbed, asbestos fibers would be released in the air, which would subsequently be inhaled or ingested by heavy equipment operators. This way, asbestos exposure would occur in heavy equipment operators who were serving in the military. For this reason, veterans who served under this rating have a high risk of developing a serious disease as a result of frequent asbestos exposure.
How can we help heavy equipment operators who were exposed to asbestos?
If you served in the military under the rating of heavy equipment operator and developed a disease as a consequence of asbestos exposure, you are eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds, as well as from the VA. With the help of a lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure cases, you can file a claim which will result in the maximum compensation you qualify for. Our attorneys have asbestos exposure as their main area of practice and have over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation for veterans and their family members. Your involvement in the legal process will be minimal, as you will only have to provide your lawyer with your military and medical records, documents which will be used as evidence to support your claim. This way, you will be able to continue focusing on your health and treatment. Finally, it is important to know that, in the majority of states, the statute of limitations for asbestos exposure cases is 3 years, which means that you need to take legal action as soon as you receive your diagnosis, otherwise you may lose your right to the compensation you deserve.
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