Records of Ancient Greece show the use of asbestos in tablecloths, linens, and other handmade items. Its thin, fibrous crystals were a dream come true for weavers who later commercially produced goods made from asbestos in the United States.
Weavers and Asbestos Exposure
Weavers were exposed to high levels of asbestos while preparing the fibers and during the fabrication process of textiles. Once disturbed, asbestos dust released into the air and could be inhaled into the lungs of employees.
The following asbestos products put weavers at a high risk of mesothelioma:
- Other linens
Cloths, uniforms, and other goods made from asbestos became highly convenient for workers in the industrial, construction, and military job sectors. Weavers created fireproof textiles for use in protective clothing such as firefighter suits or motorsport uniforms, and for garments, aprons, and oven mitts for workers who were exposed to high heat.
Exposure to asbestos has led to thousands of mesothelioma diagnoses. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the Mesothelioma Justice Guide will help you understand your rights and know the next steps.