Factory workers are responsible for a wide variety of different job functions, but the majority of factory workers in the past, regardless of job title, ran the risk of developing an asbestos-related disease by simply going to work.
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Factory Workers and Occupational Exposure to Asbestos
Asbestos was once heavily used in a myriad of industrial parts, supplies, machinery, and more. Although today’s technology, coupled with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) strict regulations on asbestos use now makes factory work a lot safer, there was a time in which asbestos was used in or on:
- Furnaces and furnace doors
- Automobile parts (some parts still contain small amounts of asbestos)
- Grinding machines
- Conveying systems and transportation belts
- Bricks, drywalls, and more
Mechanics and maintenance employees that worked in factories faced the highest risk of excessive asbestos exposure. These workers were required to maintain and repair asbestos-containing machines that were malfunctioning, which required direct contact with airborne asbestos fibers. Once the machines were ready for use, factory machinists were then put at risk of asbestos exposure as soon as they started the equipment up for use.
Although most factory workers are now safe from asbestos exposure, those who worked in factories prior to the 1980s are a heightened risk of developing fatal illnesses such as malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis, and asbestos-related lung cancer.
Studies on Factory Workers and Asbestos
In the past, some factories, as well as asbestos manufacturers, claimed that workers were not in any danger of asbestos exposure. Yet, numerous studies have proven the claims wrong. For example, a study published in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that in-depth research was performed on asbestos exposure at a factory that manufactured drying machines after 250 former employee passed away.
Dust samples and samples from the factory’s drying machines were taken and were analyzed. The results showed that asbestos was found in the drying machine samples and the dust samples. OUt of the 250 former workers that passed away, 234 were found to have either mesothelioma or lung cancer.
Factory Workers and Mesothelioma Lawsuits
Due to the sheer amount of asbestos exposure and the high amount of asbestos-related diseases that many factory workers have faced, there have been a number of mesothelioma and asbestos-related lawsuits against the manufacturers that once supplied asbestos to companies.
For example, in 2008, the family of Mark Buttitta, a former factory worker from Hackensack, New Jersey, filed a lawsuit in Bergen County after Buttitta passed away from mesothelioma. Buttitta worked at the General Motors (GM), in the parts warehouse in both Bloomfield and Englewood, which led to asbestos exposure and a premature death at the age of 50.
According to the family attorney, Buttita’s case was just one of the many cases in which factory workers in New Jersey were unaware of the dangers they were facing just by simply going to work.
“In Bloomfield, Englewood, and all across New Jersey, men and women who wouldn’t know a brake shoe from a horseshoe can be struck down by this horrible disease decades later from simply living with someone who dealt with asbestos in his daily occupation. In Mark Buttitta’s case we were able to get justice for him and his young family.”
Buttitta’s family won their lawsuit, and the jury awarded the family over $30 million.
Manufacturers That Supplied Asbestos to Factories
There were a plethora of manufacturers that once supplied asbestos to factories across the nation. The most common companies included:
- Johns Manville
- Turner & Newell
- BF Goodrich
- Dana Corporation
- Porter Hayden Co.
- John Crane Co.
Additional Help and Resources for Factory Workers
If you’ve been injured by mesothelioma, asbestosis, or asbestos-related cancer, keep in mind that there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for considerable compensation. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area.