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Machinists/ Machinist's Mates

Exposed to Asbestos at their workplace

Machinists were frequently in danger of using materials that contained asbestos. In this line of work, the machinist would cut, drill and grind metals creating poisonous asbestos dust in the process. Mechanics would also operate power and heat systems and repair broken machinery. They would use power tools such as drill presses, grinders, and milling machines in order to produce metal parts to precise specifications. It was not unusual for these workers to be wearing protective gear and blankets made with asbestos.

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When these items started to fray due to being worn down, asbestos particles easily became airborne.

Machinists would frequently bring these asbestos fibers home on their clothes and body. This way, family members were often subjected to second-hand exposure and were also at risk for having their health deteriorate in time.

A strong link was found between breathing asbestos dust and developing asbestos-related diseases like lung cancer, mesothelioma or asbestosis. For these machinists, the diagnosis of illnesses caused by asbestos exposure is usually given way too late due to the prolonged latency of these disorders.

Machinists were also present in the military, with the rating of aviation machinist's mate. Also known as aircraft engine mechanics, aviation machinist’s mates were responsible for inspecting, adjusting, testing, repairing, and overhauling aircraft engines and propellers. They would install multiple aircraft engine types and accessories, as well as gearboxes, related fuel systems, and lubrication systems. Because the equipment they would be in charge of was manufactured with asbestos products, aviation machinist’s mates are now at a moderate risk of receiving a serious diagnosis.

Relevant Job Titles

  • insulation machinist
  • machinist helper
  • marine machinist
  • outside machinist
  • steam machinist
  • tool room machinist
  • navy machinist
  • furnace machinist
  • mechanic
  • machinery operator
  • manual machinist
  • aviation machinist's mate

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We also represent the close relatives of machinists/ machinist's mates that handled asbestos and are now sick or have passed away.

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Diseases Contracted after Asbestos Exposure in Machinists/Machinist's Mates

As a machinist, one had to cut, drill and grind materials that contained asbestos, thereby releasing carcinogenic fibers in the air. For this reason, machinists have a great risk of being diagnosed with a disease as a consequence of occupational asbestos exposure. Once asbestos fibers enter the body, they reside there forever, gradually causing inflammation and tissue scarring to the organ they attach themselves to. In turn, inflammation and tissue scarring may give way to a serious disease over time.

Mesothelioma Lung Cancer COPD Gastrointestinal Cancer Chronic Bronchitis Laryngeal Cancer Emphysema Colorectal Cancer Pulmonary Fibrosis

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How Can We Help Machinists/Machinist's Mates Who Were Exposed to Asbestos?

If you activated in this line of work, get in contact with us in order to get examined and find out sooner what your diagnosis is.

We are here to represent you and to make sure you obtain the compensation rightfully deserved for risking your health during your period as a machinist. We will acquire and submit the legal documents in order to file claims with the asbestos trust funds of the companies guilty for exposing you to the poisonous fibers of asbestos. If you were exposed to asbestos in the U.S. Military, we will also file a claim with the VA to obtain the maximum compensation you are eligible for.

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