Asbestos Exposure on Brake Mechanics
Brake mechanics are in one of the occupational groups at risk of asbestos exposure even today. While the use of asbestos in brake linings, clutches and friction products is declining, asbestos may be present in both old and new brakes and clutches. Brake repairmen, brake service technicians and automobile mechanics who inhale asbestos dust or microscopic asbestos fibers are at elevated risk of developing mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs or abdominal cavity. The symptoms may not appear until decades after exposure to asbestos.
If you worked as a brake mechanic and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should talk to an experienced mesothelioma claims attorney. The asbestos litigation lawyers at Belluck & Fox LLP represent brake mechanics diagnosed with mesothelioma in New York and nationwide. We may be able to help obtain compensation to cover your medical bills and provide financial stability for your family, so you can focus on your health.
Asbestos fibers can stick to grease on a mechanic's hands and be swallowed while eating or smoking a cigarette. It’s important to practice good personal hygiene to reduce exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma has been diagnosed in brake mechanics, their wives and their children.
Brake mechanics should shower and change from soiled work clothes into clean clothes before leaving work to prevent transport of asbestos dust home on clothing or skin and avoid exposure of family members. Family members of brake service technicians and brake repairmen are at risk of developing mesothelioma as a result of second-hand exposure.
Approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Most of those diagnosed were exposed to asbestos on the job at some time in the past. Symptoms of asbestos-related respiratory disease, including asbestosis, a chronic scarring of the lung, and mesothelioma, typically take 20 to 40 years to appear after exposure. In other words, brake mechanics exposed to asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s may only recently have been diagnosed or begun experiencing symptoms of asbestos-related disease such as chest pain, fluid on the lungs, and shortness of breath.
Unfortunately, asbestos manufacturers knew or should have known that the products they were selling caused serious harm. But they allowed millions of workers, including brake mechanics and auto and truck service technicians, to be exposed a carcinogen. Asbestos manufacturers should be held accountable for their disregard for the health and safety and others. We are committed to doing that.