Occupational Exposure to Asbestos

Occupations At Risk

Generations Exposed to Asbestos

Many generations of workers have been occupationally exposed to asbestos at their worksites.  Asbestos has been used in countless industrial applications and in common products for decades, thereby exposing millions of workers to this deadly dust.  There are certain occupations and trades that were most susceptible to asbestos exposure, such as construction workers, shipyard workers, industrial tradesmen, electricians and insulators.  Those who worked in these types of occupations had a higher risk of exposure.

Types Of Occupations

Following is a list of some specific occupations that pose a high risk of asbestos exposure.

  • Aircraft Mechanics & Repairmen
  • Automobile Mechanics
  • Brick and Stone Masons
  • Carpenters
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Construction Workers
  • Crane and Hoist Men
  • Drill Press Operators
  • Drywall Tapers
  • Electric Power Linemen & Cable Men
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • Firefighters
  • Foundry Workers
  • Freight and Material Handlers
  • Furnace Men, Smelter-Men & Pourers
  • Garage Workers
  • Grinding Machine Operators
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • HVAC Workers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Industrial Plant Workers
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Locomotive Engineers
  • Longshoremen and Stevedores
  • Machine Operators
  • Machinists
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Merchant Marines
  • Metal Lathers
  • Millwrights & Mill Workers
  • Mixing Operators
  • Molders
  • Navy Seamen
  • Oil Refinery Workers
  • Operating Engineers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Roofers and Slaters
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • Shipyard Workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Textile Operators
  • Tile Setters
  • U.S. Navy Veterans
  • Welders