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Mesothelioma and Asbestos Risk for Auto Mechanics

When the health risks of asbestos exposure began to gain national attention in the mid 1970’s because of asbestos related diseases like mesothelioma, many industries and government agencies took steps to warn and protect industrial workers. In many cases, asbestos was removed from the work environment or workers were trained in the use of protective gear. But the auto industry appears to be an exception. Not only is asbestos still used in brake linings and clutch facings because of its heat resistant properties, but mechanics who replace or repair these brakes may be coming in contact with asbestos on a regular basis. When mechanics remove worn brakes to clean the brake drum, asbestos dust can come from the debris of … Continue reading Mesothelioma and Asbestos Risk for Auto Mechanics »