Asbestos Exposure in Grinding Machine Operators

Grinding machine operators generally work in roles that require them to grind metal down to its desired shape, rework brakes, and fix mechanical parts to create something new or repurpose a broken fitting. Unfortunately, their work also put them in contact with asbestos, a material known to cause deadly cancers like mesothelioma.

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Grinding Machine Operators and Asbestos Exposure

There are many risks involved in becoming a grinding machine operator, as there are when working with almost any type of machinery.

But perhaps one of the least understood dangers grinding machine operators faced was asbestos.

Asbestos was used throughout the manufacturing industry from the mid-1900s until around 1980. It was seen as a durable and inexpensive material that prevented the spread of fires and served as an excellent insulator.

Asbestos does not pose a threat when it remains whole, but it does become friable very quickly and, when inhaled, is carcinogenic.

Asbestos was commonly used within the walls of buildings or wrapped around boiler units, and if these were disturbed (through construction or repair) then the fibers could become airborne. It was also used during production, on brakes, and parts to help protect against heat.

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Workers were exposed to asbestos in many ways. In industries such as construction and manufacturing, asbestos was a crucial component in the building of the factory itself. Asbestos was generally used in the tiling, bricks, drywall, and flooring. Many factories across the country still contain asbestos products today.

Grinding Machine Operators Roles and Responsibilities

Grinding metal is one of the primary roles of a grinding machine operator, but the job also includes the reviewing of information (such as blueprints) to create the best fitting or part for the job.

The machine operator must then pick the correct machine to get the job done and ensure that the machine is set up correctly. They also maintain the machine throughout the year to ensure there is no downtime between jobs.

This highly skilled job also takes into consideration product specifications and dimensions. The qualified individual must also look at the tolerances of the metal they are using.

There are a number of grinding rates that are also of great importance and a choice of speeds. The grinding machine operator must take all of this into consideration when creating or reworking the correct part or shape to complete the job.

Alongside the job itself, it is the responsibility of the grinding machine operator to ensure the health and safety of the other employees. The machines must be in full working order and tested regularly to avoid harming other workers.

Grinding Machine Operators and Mesothelioma

Asbestos has long been associated with many types of cancer, in particular, mesothelioma — a disease caused by inhaling asbestos particles into the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen.

Mesothelioma is a particularly deadly cancer as it can go undetected for many years. It can take 20-50 years after exposure for symptoms to arise and is easy to misdiagnose.

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Compensation for Grinding Machine Operators

An estimated 8 million people in the U.S. have been exposed to asbestos, and lawsuits are being filed on a regular basis to compensate victims. Thousands of families have been affected by the loss of earnings or loss of life due to being unknowingly exposed to asbestos in the workplace.

It’s essential that you speak to a lawyer who specializes in mesothelioma law to progress your case.

Statutes of limitations vary per state, but an injury lawsuit can generally be filed up to 3 years of diagnosis, and family members can file a wrongful death claim within 3 years of death.

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Stephanie Kidd works tirelessly as a dedicated advocate for the vulnerable and underrepresented. Stephanie worked as a copywriter for an agency whose focus was communicating safety procedures on construction work sites. With her extensive background in victim advocacy and a dedication to seeing justice done, Stephanie works hard to ensure that all online content is reliable, truthful and helpful.

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