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 concerned 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

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 welders to asbestos

Labor union members are also eligible

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