Asbestos was widely used in the United States as an insulation material in construction and commercial industries for decades. It later became clear that asbestos exposure was extremely unhealthy and the use of asbestos has declined. However, asbestos is still used in some construction materials and can still be found in locations all across the country.

Occupations at High Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma, a fatal form of cancer. Individuals working in certain occupations are more prone to asbestos exposure and are more susceptible to developing mesothelioma:

  • Insulation workers in buildings and structures
  • Workers involved in the manufacturing of asbestos products
  • Demolition workers, especially in older buildings
  • Drywall workers
  • Oil refinery workers
  • Power plant workers
  • Plumbers and pipefitters
  • Chemical plant workers
  • Railroad workers
  • Firefighters
  • Automobile mechanics
  • Steel mill workers
  • Papermill workers
  • Shipyard and shipbuilding workers
  • Military veterans
  • Union trade workers