Asbestos in Auto, Chemical, Utilities & Steel Plants


Auto Mechanic Asbestos Exposure

Individuals who work as auto repair and maintenance workers, automobile dealers, automotive body and glass repairers, auto technicians, and small engine mechanics are also at high risk for asbestos exposure. Some materials workers may be in contact with that have a history of containing asbestos include:

  • Brake pads
  • Brake linings
  • Paint
  • Front-wheel drive components
  • Clutches
  • Gaskets
  • Heat Seals
  • Valve Rings
  • Packing
  • Hood liners

For a large part of the 20th century, asbestos was a popular element used in automobile parts. Auto mechanics are at a high risk for asbestos exposure due to their work replacing and repairing older auto parts. The use of an air hose to clean brake surfaces can lead to asbestos being inhaled by mechanics. Exposure can also occur from worn our brake pads and brake linings. Poor circulation in auto mechanic shops can also lead to an increased risk of asbestos exposure. Auto mechanics that work with and around asbestos materials may also bring the dust home on their clothing and potentially expose family members.

Diesel Technician Asbestos Exposure

Diesel technicians may be exposed to asbestos through brake assemblies. Individuals who worked as diesel technicians and regularly replaced brakes as part of their job duties have a higher risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos products associated with the job duties of a diesel technician include: 

  • Brake linings, brake shoes, brake pads
  • Hood liners
  • Clutches, clutch compartments, clutch covers, drums, and wheels
  • Gaskets
  • Heat Seals
  • Valve Rings
  • Exhaust systems, pipes, or manifolds

Due to the sanding and grinding of brake parts – a regular job duty of diesel technicians – asbestos particles may be released and inhaled by the technicians. Asbestos dust can also stick to their person and clothing, leading to asbestos exposure to them and other family members.

Steel Plant Workers Asbestos Exposure

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It’s no secret that working in steel mills comes with many risks. One of those risks is asbestos exposure. Asbestos was utilized in steel mills as insulation for a large part of the 20th century, and asbestos material was an abundant part of the steel manufacturing process. Asbestos was used to insulate equipment including, ovens, blast stoves, furnaces, tanks, boilers, cranes, and many gaskets and brake linings. Asbestos exposure has also been traced back to protective clothing such as gloves, aprons, facemasks, and other heat-preventative clothing. Workers involved in the steel making process may get asbestos fibers on their clothing and person, infecting themselves and the members of their household. 

Steelworkers across the country have an increased risk of asbestos exposure, including employees of:

  • Great Lakes Steel
  • Zug Island
  • McLouth
  • J&L Steel
  • Rouge Steel
  • Kelsey Hayes
  • …as well as many other plants both in the state of Michigan and the United States.





Chemical Workers Asbestos Exposure

Chemical plants utilized asbestos for a large part of their equipment and processes. The use of asbestos puts all chemical plant workers at increased risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos was used in boilers, furnaces, extruders, pipes, ovens, driers, pumps, and insulation both in equipment as well as the building as a whole. Protective clothing also contained asbestos fibers as the material is highly resistant to heat. Workers in the chemical plants may be exposed to asbestos and bring the dust home on their person and clothing, which can lead to exposure of friends and family.

We have worked with chemical workers who have battled the horrors of asbestos from plants such as:





  • Monsanto Chemical
  • Pennsalt
  • Wyandotte Chemical
  • Dow Chemical
  • Semet Sovay
  • ...and many others.


Utility Workers Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure is common for individuals who served as utility workers. Asbestos was utilized in power plants because of its heat resistance qualities. Asbestos could be found in insulation, gaskets, floor, and ceiling materials. Boilers, turbines, and generators were also known to contain asbestos materials. Throughout the 20th century, coal-fired plants, steam plants, hydro-electric plants, and nuclear power plants required the use of generators, turbines, and boilers. This machinery often contained asbestos, putting the utility workers at great risk. While maintaining or working around this equipment, utility workers may have acquired asbestos dust on their clothing and person, exposing both themselves and their loved ones outside of their work setting. 



Employees of:








  • DTE Del Ray Powerhouse 
  • DTE Beacon Street Powerhouse
  • DTE Trenton Channel Powerhouse
  • DTE Monroe Powerhouse
  • DTE St. Clair Powerhouse
  • DTE Marysville Powerhouse
  • DTE Seven Sisters (Connors Creek)
  • DTE River Rouge Powerhouse
  • DTE Belle River Powerhouse
  • DTE Pennsalt Powerhouse
  • DTE Wyandotte North 
  • DTE Wyandotte South 
  • well as many other utility job sites may have been victims of asbestos exposure. 
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