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According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil.”

The heat- and corrosion-resistant properties within asbestos make the substance very valuable for a whole slew of industries and products.

Read on to learn more of the details you should know about asbestos.

Mineral Fibers In the Asbestos Group

To be specific, asbestos actually refers to a group of minerals that naturally occur on the Earth. The mineral fibers included in the asbestos group include:

  • Chrysotile,
  • Amosite,
  • Crocidolite,
  • Tremolite,
  • Anthophyllite,
  • Actinolite, and
  • Any of the aforementioned minerals that have undergone chemical treatments or modifications.

Products and Industries that Utilize Asbestos

Some of the most common products that contain asbestos include:

  • Insulation for pipes
  • Floor tiles
  • Building materials
  • Vehicle brakes
  • Vehicle clutches

People who work in construction and ship repair tend to experience the most significant exposure to asbestos. The most common way workers are exposed to asbestos is as a result of:

  • Renovation,
  • Repairs,
  • Demolition,
  • Manufacture of asbestos products, and
  • Automotive maintenance to brakes and clutches.

If You’ve Gotten Sick Due to Asbestos Exposure, We Can Help

If your work has caused you to develop an asbestos exposure-related ailment, you may be owed compensation for your losses. It is unfair to unknowingly put yourself in harm’s way for your job. You should be made fully aware of any risks of the work before you accept the position. Don’t hesitate to contact our office right away with any questions you may have. We are ready and willing to help you now.

Contact our experienced team here at Shrader & Associates L.L.P. to learn more about what we can do to help you. Give us a call at (713) 787-3733 or fill out the online contact form to get in touch with a skilled attorney today.