Asbestos

Construction Workers and Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos has been used in many different types of building supplies and has had varying construction applications, particularly before the 1980s. Asbestos, now a known human carcinogen, was a common and choice mineral to be used in materials that needed to be insulated and also fire resistant. Because asbestos had all the desirable properties, it was used en masse for decades, until the dangers of asbestos to the human body became widely known.

Asbestos in Shipyards

Historically, certain occupations have been associated with an elevated risk of asbestos exposure, including naval and non-naval shipyard workers and contractors. Between World War II and the Korean War, in particular, these shipyard workers came into contact with very dangerous levels of asbestos, increasing the likelihood of them and/or their family members developing mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos Exposure in the Navy

Out of all United States military branches, the United States Navy's veterans have the highest risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. All veterans who have been diagnosed and whose diagnoses have been attributed to asbestos exposure during the time they served in the military can get treatment and benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and may be entitled to compensation through VA claims and asbestos trust funds.

Possible Asbestos Exposure for Steel Mill Workers

Asbestos is not used in steel-making to produce steel. Nevertheless, steelworkers experienced significant asbestos exposure because asbestos was used extensively as insulation for the machinery used for steel production, including steel furnaces, ovens, stoves, rolling mills, and boilers. Asbestos was also used for fireproofing the steel-making machinery components and as insulation boards for the steel molds.

Colgate-Palmolive & Talcum Powder

Colgate-Palmolive, a New York-based, global consumer product giant, has been in the line of fire these past few years. They began as a starch, small soap, and candle business in New York in the 19th century, and they now sell consumer products to hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide. Besides starch, soap, and candles, Colgate-Palmolive has also sold perfumes, toothpaste, and baby powder (talcum-based) products.

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