Printing press workers

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

People who worked in printing presses before 1980 now face a high risk of developing a serious disease as a result of heavy asbestos exposure. In printing presses, asbestos was present in components such as gaskets and rollers which, when disturbed, would release toxic fibers in the air. Subsequently, workers and everyone who was in close proximity to the source would inhale or ingest asbestos. The Linotype, one of the most important machines to modern printing, made use of large amounts of asbestos. According to former workers, they would stuff wet asbestos material between the elevator jaws, crucible heaters and other empty spaces between other mechanical components.

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Asbestos exposure occurred to a great extent in printing presses during the last century, as numerous components were manufactured with this toxic mineral. From 1900 to 1980, thousands of printing press workers who used the Linotype machine were heavily exposed to asbestos, which now places them at great risk of developing a disease as a consequence of exposure. The Linotype contained asbestos to prevent the components of the machine from overheating. However, it is important to know that diseases which develop as a result of asbestos exposure take between 20 and 50 years to occur, as they have a long latency period. Thereby, individuals who held down a job in a printing press before 1980 may develop a terrible disease such as asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma. In addition to the asbestos used in the Linotype, the facilities had numerous asbestos building materials, such as wall insulation, ceiling and floor tiles, cement and other similar construction products.

Relevant job titles

  • Linotype operators
  • typographers
  • machinery maintenance workers
  • machinery repair workers


Filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not disqualify you from disability compensation from the VA.

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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.

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