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Exposed to Asbestos at their workplace

Welders were faced with a high risk of exposure to asbestos fibers. They were often required to use products that contained asbestos. The common welding rods contained asbestos and were coated with it. Dust and smoke were being generated through the welding process. The dust contained small particles of asbestos, nickel and chromium. Inhaling these asbestos particles was extremely harmful to the welders that were not aware of the major health risks asbestos exposure entailed.

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At that time, the gear of the welder posed certain health risks. The protective wear, in some cases, contained asbestos to make them heat resistant.

Both the welders and their families were at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. The welders were in direct contact with the asbestos materials and their families suffered from second-hand exposure because of the dust brought home on the workers’ clothes and tools.

In the military, welders had to perform similar duties to civilians who had this job under the rating of certified welder. Most of their responsibilities concern fabricating and assembling metal structures and equipment by using welders, cutters, shapers and measuring tools. They were exposed to asbestos to a great extent, since toxic fibers would often come off welding rods in the forms of smoke and dust. Asbestos exposure also occurred when welders would smooth out seams. Finally, welders had to handle boilers, piping and insulation while serving in the military, all of which were manufactured with asbestos.

Relevant Job Titles

  • welder helper
  • pipe welder
  • electric welder
  • assembly welder
  • shop welder
  • structural welder
  • tube welder
  • welder apprentice
  • welder foreman

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We also represent the close relatives of welders that handled asbestos and are now sick or have passed away.

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Diseases Contracted after Asbestos Exposure in Welders

During the last century, welding rods were manufactured with asbestos, so welders were inevitably exposed to the carcinogenic mineral. Additionally, to prevent them from coming in contact with extreme heat, they would also have to wear asbestos gloves and aprons, which only increased their risk of exposure. Over time, asbestos clothing deteriorates, which makes toxic fibers come off it very easily. Therefore, welders are now another occupational group with a high risk of developing a serious disease as a result of their past asbestos exposure.

Lung cancer Asbestosis Mesothelioma COPD Pulmonary Fibrosis Bronchial Cancer Emphysema Laryngeal Cancer Diffuse Pleural Thickening

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How Can We Help Welders Who Were Exposed to Asbestos?

These diseases will take years before they show symptoms and this is why you should contact us in order to get the proper examination and diagnosis.

If you are seeking compensation from these asbestos trust funds, let us do the work for you and file claims with them. Due to our extensive experience with mesothelioma cases, we have gathered the information required to get you compensated for being put at risk while performing welding jobs. Similarly, if your job was in the military, we will seek compensation from the VA as well, in addition to asbestos trust funds.

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