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Asbestos Exposure Among Factory Workers

The factory worker occupation is a broad term that encompasses any laborer working inside a factory, like machine operators. These individuals are responsible for the manufacturing of products and materials and, in the past, some factories used asbestos to make certain products.

It wasn’t unusual to find factories with machines made of asbestos-containing parts, such as grinding discs. If any damage occurred on the asbestos-containing part, asbestos particles were released into the air and could remain airborne for extended periods of time. Inhaling the asbestos is when health risks related to the toxin arise.

Other materials that contained asbestos and were often used or made in factories include:

• Molten metal
• Blast furnace doors
• Tools
• Protective/fireproof gear
• Pots used to process aluminum
• Cement
• Auto parts (brake shoes, clutch plates, etc).

Causes of Mesothelioma Among Factory Workers

Past exposure to asbestos particles has led many factory workers to experience mesothelioma symptoms. Due to the long latency period associated with mesothelioma, symptoms usually don’t show up for years after initial exposure to asbestos. Factory workers exposed to asbestos as far back as 50 years ago are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Common mesothelioma symptoms include:

• Chronic coughing
• Difficulty swallowing
• Fluid in the lungs
• Shortness of breath
• Chest pain
• Severe fatigue
• Fever
• And more

If you are or were a factory worker previously exposed to asbestos, your risk of mesothelioma is increased. Learn about mesothelioma and treatment options today.