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Exposure to asbestos was very common among the people who worked in steel factories. To trap impurities that rose out of the steel molds, hot tops were used on top of them. Due to the extreme heat, the hot tops were insulated with asbestos-containing insulation boards. The heat would burn these insulation boards turning them into ash. This would result in the workers installing them several times a day.
The asbestos dust rose into the atmosphere when the ash was removed via a suction hose. At the end of the shift, the maintenance crew would sweep the place releasing more toxic dust into the air. Steelworkers also wore heat-resistant clothing, which was usually made from asbestos cloth.
Throughout steel mills, steam lines were located. These steam and pipelines were also insulated with an asbestos-coating. This insulation needed to be cut down to fit individual pipes because it would come pre-formed. This was another activity that produced dangerous amounts of asbestos dust.
These people working in steel factories were at a high risk of developing asbestos-related diseases. The symptoms of illnesses like mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis fail to show up immediately. A long period of 10 to 40 years will pass until symptoms begin to surface.
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We also represent the close relatives of steelworkers that handled asbestos and are now sick or have passed away.
Diseases Contracted after Asbestos Exposure in Steelworkers
Asbestos insulation, one of the most dangerous products, was highly present in the factories' steelworkers would perform their job during the last century. Consequently, the exposure was inevitable. Steelworkers would inhale and ingest the asbestos fibers which came off the insulation on a daily basis. Because it resides in the body forever, asbestos poses a great risk to health, as people who breathed in or swallowed toxic fibers may develop terrible diseases within 20 to 50 years of their first exposure.
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Asbestos Products Steelworkers May Have Been Exposed To
Steel manufacturing involves extremely high temperatures. Furnaces, rolling mills, ovens, hot blast stoves, tanks, steam pipes and other equipment prone to overheating require plenty of insulation. The protective clothing steelworkers needed to wear on the job - aprons, coveralls, leggings, and gloves - also contained asbestos, since the mineral had a remarkable resistance to heat. Moreover, workers who did not manufacture steel, per se, were also exposed to considerable levels of asbestos by interacting with refractory materials such as bricks, liner boards, ceiling boards, and asbestos blankets.
How Can We Help Steelworkers Who Were Exposed to Asbestos?
Signs of the disease emerge very slowly, and often by the time someone who worked in the steel business is diagnosed with a disease like mesothelioma, it has done an extensive amount of damage to them. In order to get yourself examined for diagnosis, contact us.
We will file claims with the asbestos trust funds so you and your family can get compensated, as well as with the VA if your job was a steelworker in the U.S. Military.
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1. Must have been diagnosed within the past 3 years (misdiagnosis is extremely common, ask for second and third opinions and a new diagnosis if you have been diagnosed prior to the 3 year statute of limitation)
2. Must be a veteran or industrial worker and have a work history with products that may have contained asbestos (you could have worked with these products and not knowing that they contained asbestos, check our high-risk occupational asbestos exposure jobs and also our asbestos products page to identify them)
3. Immediate eligibility for anyone diagnosed with the following lung cancer, bronchial cancer, esophageal cancer, throat cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer
4. If you are a navy veteran or was an industrial worker and suspect you have the asbestos fibers but you are receiving a different diagnosis we will need you to travel to Birmingham, AL to accurately test you and see if you are eligible