Asbestos drum brakes

Asbestos fibers collect in the brake drum during driving. When a maintenance or repair job needs to be done on the car, the dust gathered needs to be cleaned off by air-hosing, making the fibers airborne and exposing the mechanic to asbestos.

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55 years

Drum brakes contained parts made up of cast iron in order to be wear-resistant. Every time they were applied on the road, these parts would heat up due to friction so asbestos was added in the brake lining to withstand the high temperatures.

Over time, the asbestos fibers found in the linings would break off due to usage. As mechanics came in direct contact with the damaged drum brakes, they might have tried to clean them by air-hosing the gathered dust instead of choosing aerosol sprays or wet brushes in order to contain the exposure. You could have been exposed if:

  • You have worked directly with drum brakes
  • You have found yourself in auto shops where brake replacement has occurred
  • You entered in contact with the clothes or the gear covered in the asbestos dust
  • You tried to perform maintenance work on your own car

Companies liable for manufacturing or use of asbestos drum brakes

How can we help workers that worked with or around asbestos drum brakes

Get in contact with us in order to receive all the information regarding asbestos exposure at work through the usage of asbestos-containing products like drum brakes, and find what your legal options are. We can make sure that you get compensated by filing claims with the asbestos trust funds of the companies responsible.

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