Although most asbestos exposure in sheet metal workers occurred years or decades ago when asbestos was even more prominent in industrial workplaces, many former sheet metal workers are facing health issues today as a result.
In fact, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has acknowledged the significant problem of asbestos exposure in the metal works industries.
Sheet Metal Workers and Asbestos Exposure
On top of the asbestos exposure that sheet metal workers encountered in residential and commercial buildings across the country, there were also many asbestos hazards that were specific to their daily construction workplaces.
For example, many of the equipment pieces that sheet metal workers used to construct sheet metal in the 20th century contained asbestos products. Sheet metal workers also sometimes worked in shipyards, which were often rife with uncontained asbestos and whose workers in all fields were heavily exposed.
The nature of sheet metal work often involves extreme temperatures and fire, meaning that asbestos was used extensively in these workplaces due to its superior ability as a fireproof material.