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. Machinists 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 machinist's mate. They were performing their work in the Navy, the Air Force, the Army and the Marine Corps. Also known as engine mechanics, machinist’s mates were responsible for inspecting, adjusting, testing, repairing, and overhauling 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, 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

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.

Companies that exposed machinists/ machinist's mates to asbestos

Labor union members are also eligible

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