Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

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.

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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 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.

Relevant job titles

  • burner
  • caster
  • compact operator
  • flame cutter
  • forgeman
  • furnace operator
  • galvanizer
  • hot top maker
  • metal pourer
  • blacksmith
  • smelter
  • gear machinist
  • mechanical technician
  • press operator
  • slitter assistant
  • slitter operator

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 steelworkers to asbestos

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Labor union members are also eligible

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