3 industries connected with mesothelioma

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2024 | mesothelioma |

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart.

Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure, and certain industries pose a higher risk due to their historical use of asbestos-containing materials.

1. Construction and demolition

In the mid-20th century, asbestos was extensively used in the construction industry for its fire-resistant and insulating properties. Buildings, schools and homes constructed during this period often contain asbestos in various forms, such as insulation, roofing materials and floor tiles. Workers involved in construction and demolition activities may inhale asbestos fibers when handling or demolishing these structures. This leads to an elevated risk of mesothelioma.

2. Shipbuilding and naval operations

The maritime industry heavily relied on asbestos for its fireproofing characteristics. Asbestos was a frequent material for ship components like boilers, pipes and insulation. Shipyard workers and sailors on vessels containing asbestos-based materials faced heightened exposure. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can happen during maintenance, repairs or in the event of a ship’s deterioration. These contribute significantly to the risk of developing mesothelioma.

3. Automotive manufacturing and repair

The automotive industry historically employed asbestos in brake linings, gaskets and insulation. Mechanics and auto workers who handled or repaired brake systems containing asbestos faced exposure to airborne fibers. Even though the use of asbestos in brakes has decreased, individuals with a history of working on older vehicles may still be at risk.