Who was at risk of inhaling asbestos?

Asbestos was used very heavily for a long time in numerous industries, which led many workers to develop mesothelioma. Additionally, the military used it for decades in barracks, ships, aircrafts and other equipment, so veterans of the armed forces prior to the late 1970s could have been exposed as well. Workers in the following industries and professions likely handled asbestos at some point:

  • Shipbuilding
  • Railroads
  • Construction
  • Factory workers
  • Fire Fighters
  • Mechanics
  • Power plant workers
  • Engineers

This list is not exhaustive, and workers in many industries probably came in contact with asbestos on the job. Even the spouses of workers were at risk of inhaling asbestos, particularly if the working spouse returned home with asbestos fibers on his clothes or in his hair.