5 Ways You Can be at Risk for Mesothelioma from Asbestos

Exposure to asbestos, the cause of mesothelioma, is more common than people know.  We created this list to help you understand more about who is most at risk for developing mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.


Given the asbestos’ properties of heat resistance and impermeability, the material is often found in the mechanical, construction, and ship building industries. Exposure on the job is called “occupational exposure.”

In the construction fields, people at higher risk include plumbers, electricians, roofers, pipe fitters, sheet metal workers, masons, carpenters, factory workers, drywallers, painters, tile setters, laborers, miners, and others. In the shipbuilding industry, occupations at higher risk include steamfitters, welders, boilermakers, ship fitters, machinists, electricians, millwrights, and operating engineers.

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