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.
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.
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textile production workers
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Asbestos secondary exposure?
People exposed through spouse, husband, parent, relative.
Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in textile mill workers
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Asbestos products handled by textile mill workers
The resistance of asbestos to extreme temperatures made it a suitable material for the manufacturing of textile products as well. Fibers would be incorporated into oven mitts, welding blankets, fire curtains, and potholders. Textile mill workers were preponderantly exposed to asbestos by directly handling it, although the toxic mineral was also present in numerous machinery components. This was a very high-risk occupation, as workers would inhale terrible amounts of asbestos dust on a regular basis.
How can we help textile mill workers who were exposed to asbestos?
With our experience of 20+ years in asbestos exposure cases, we can get you the compensation you deserve for being put in danger at your workplace. We will file claims with the asbestos trust funds in order for you and your family to get the financial reparations needed for covering the treatment costs.
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