Roundhouse Asbestos Exposure in Michigan

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Much of the asbestos exposures experienced by railroad workers in Michigan occurred in what was known as Roundhouses. Throughout the state of Michigan, roundhouses were locations where train cars were serviced, maintained, and repaired beginning in the late 19th century. 

The types of asbestos products that railroad workers were exposed to changed significantly when diesel engines replaced steam in the mid-20th century. The use of Roundhouses for repair and maintenance continued throughout the 20th century. A few are still in use today. 

Your Guide to Asbestos Exposure

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Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century, many (if not most) homes, workplaces, and products contained asbestos. It could be found in household products, commercial products, construction sites, residential and commercial buildings, ships and other watercraft, etc. Unfortunately, it wasn't widely known that asbestos was harmful until the late 1900s when people began falling ill to asbestos-related diseases.

Risk of Mesothelioma for Shipyard Workers

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Shipyard workers dedicate their careers to building ships primarily for industrial and military purposes. Unfortunately, what many shipbuilders don't realize or haven't been warned against is the fact that asbestos exposure on the job is perhaps the greatest work hazard they face, and they can be exposed constantly in their line of work.

Exposure to asbestos can lead to health complications and asbestos-related diseases decades after the exposure happens. One such disease is mesothelioma.

Asbestos Exposure on Ships

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Until the 1970s, asbestos was widely used in military and commercial ships, as it was considered the best fire prevention and heat resistant material to use for insulation and other products that needed such protection. While ships that have been constructed since then don't have asbestos built-in necessarily, any ship that was constructed prior to the 1980s likely has a lot of it and is exposing occupants and crews to this day.

Filing an Asbestos-Related Claim as a Railroad Worker

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Asbestos exposure at work is one of the leading causes of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases among railroad workers. Asbestos, a known human carcinogen, can be found in old rail cars, in rail ties, in locomotives, and even in old railroad buildings. Exposure to asbestos fibers is serious, as they can get lodged in your lungs and cause issues years after exposure, as the dormancy stage is roughly 10-40 years.

Mesothelioma from Asbestos Exposure in Railroad Workers

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Generations of workers across different industries have been exposed to asbestos and have developed asbestos-related diseases, including railroad workers. Because of the widespread use of asbestos in products from the 1920s through the 1980s, millions of people were exposed to this (now known) human carcinogen.

Understanding Asbestos Exposure for Railroad Workers

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Aging railcars and train tracks are some of the greatest contributors to the elevated risk of asbestos exposure that railroad workers face. When railroad workers encounter asbestos that has been agitated and is airborne, they are at great risk of developing mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos Exposure and Autoimmune Disease Linked in Clinic’s Study

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According to the Western News and reporter Bethany Rolfson, the Center for Asbestos Related Disease in Libby, Montana, has released its findings in a study of the relationship between asbestos exposure and autoimmune diseases.  In mid-August, the center announced that over the last 15 years, it has found substantial evidence to support a link between local asbestos exposure and autoimmune diseases.

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