Textile mill workers

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

Although nowadays, specialized machinery replaced the majority of workers, many of the products processed in textile mills from the 1940s to the late 1970s were made using asbestos fibers. Textile mill workers may have handled directly the asbestos used to produce textiles. During the different processes like picking, carding, and weaving, the asbestos fibers were disturbed making them airborne and posing a grave threat to these workers.

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The exposure to the fibers in the air was a danger for all the workers because the fabric-weaving machinery, the drying machines, and the boilers had parts that were insulated with asbestos. This meant that every time maintenance work was done around them, dangerous amounts of asbestos dust would have been spread through these factories.

The prolonged inhalation of asbestos particles by the workers of these textile mills would result in the development of diseases like mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. The families of these workers were not safe, as the fibers of asbestos would have been brought home on the clothes and hair of the workers.

Relevant job titles

  • cloth tester
  • dye-range operator
  • loom operator
  • textile production worker
  • weaver
  • cart handler
  • material handler
  • textile fabric expert
  • textile inspector
  • textile sorter
  • warehouse worker
  • doffer

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 textile mill workers to asbestos

Birmingham, Alabama - Alabama

  • Bouckaert Industrial Textiles

Burlington, North Carolina - North Carolina

  • Burlington Industries
  • American Enka Company
  • Ostrow Textile Company
  • Cannon Mills Company
  • Coats & Clark, Inc.

Camden, South Carolina - South Carolina

  • DeRoyal Textiles
  • JPS Textile Group, Inc.

Sanford, Maine - Maine

  • Sanford Textile Mill

Woonsocket, Rhode Island - Rhode Island

  • Bouckaert Industrial Textiles

Labor union members are also eligible

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