Maintenance and repair workers are a vital part of any industry. These workers do a wide variety of jobs including painting, cleaning, plumbing, and more. Asbestos could be found in many places that maintenance and repair workers do their jobs. Insulation, machinery, tools, and many more products commonly contained asbestos in the past.
Factories, apartment complexes, schools, and many more buildings hire maintenance workers. Maintenance workers do many jobs so there are many places they could come into contact with asbestos. Asbestos is heat proof and durable so it has been used in many different products.
The main use for asbestos is insulation. Maintenance workers may work in buildings that have asbestos insulation in their walls and in their attics. Asbestos has also been used to insulate machinery and their parts. Some tools were even made with asbestos. Maintenance workers are responsible for repairing and replacing a lot of products that may be made with or insulated by asbestos.
Some asbestos products maintenance workers might come in contact with are:
- Building materials
- Boilers and heating systems
- Floor tile
- Roofing materials
- Drywall muds and joint compounds
- Electrical wire, cable, panels, and switches
When something is broken, people call a maintenance or repair worker. There are a wide variety of these workers. Some workers specialize in a specific field or others have a basic understanding of many fields. Either way, these workers may have come in contact with asbestos containing materials in their daily job. After being exposed to asbestos at work, many of these workers developed mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.
Some of the occupations that involve a risk of asbestos exposure:
- Machinery repairmen
- Janitors and custodians
- Tool and dye workers
- Heating & air conditioning workers (HVAC)
- Furnace maintenance workers
- Oven maintenance workers
- Boiler repairmen
- Boiler workers
- Telephone repairmen
- Supervisors and foremen
- Drywallers and sheetrock workers/installers
- Supply men, storekeepers, and shopkeepers
- Sheet metal workers
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma occurs in the mesothelium, which is a type of protective lining that surrounds certain internal organs. Approximately 2500-3500 individuals are diagnosed …
Family members of maintenance workers are also at risk of developing mesothelioma from secondhand exposure. Maintenance workers could bring home asbestos fibers on their clothes and hair.