Former state senator Ray Albright from Chattanooga, Tennessee, is fighting mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in his early working life.
Starting in 1953, Albright worked for a combustion engineering firm making covers for boilers. Without being given any protective garments or face masks, Albright used to cut the covers which contained the deadly material with a band saw. The thick asbestos-laden dust would then fill the air, which would be ingested by the workers on the factory floor. He worked here for 20 years.
It would take 40 years for Albright to be diagnosed with mesothelioma, and he’s not the only one in his town. Chattanooga is a former industrial town where many companies used asbestos in production. Also, many of the town’s buildings were built between the 1920s and the 1970s, and contain asbestos in the roofing and insulation. Since then, the town has undergone serious renovations with many of these old buildings being torn down, releasing more asbestos into the environment. Read more about this story here.
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