Mesothelioma Lawsuits for Aircraft Mechanics

Aircraft mechanics are indispensable to our country’s military and commercial aircraft industries. Mechanics who were involved in the repair and overhaul of aircraft between the 1930s and 1990s were at risk of exposure to dangerous asbestos materials, and consequently, terrible diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.

The risk of asbestos exposure for today’s mechanics is minimal, but may be a concern if the aircraft in need of repair was manufactured before the 1990s and still contains asbestos products.

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Asbestos Exposure in the Aerospace Industry

Whether serving onboard a Navy carrier, or working at an Air Force Base, airport, or manufacturing facility, an aircraft mechanic’s work environment may have subjected him or her to significant asbestos exposure. Spending most of their time in shops and hangers, mechanics often worked or stood shift next to other tradesmen as they maintained and repaired equipment containing hazardous asbestos materials.

The replacement of asbestos-containing brake pads was a particularly dusty, hazardous, and all too common duty of these mechanics. They would also handle asbestos-containing packing and gaskets in engines and other parts of the aircraft. Further tasks associated with asbestos exposure risk include the installation of insulation around engines and electrical components.


Companies Responsible for Aircraft Mechanic Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos was a go-to material for the production of aviation products because of its heat resistance, durability and affordability. These qualities made it ideal for protecting aircraft components from fire and other sources of heat.

While the list of asbestos companies who knowingly exposed aircraft mechanics to asbestos is quite long, one of the most well-known is the Johns Manville Corporation. Founded in 1858, Johns Manville produced a variety of asbestos products ranging from roofing and insulation to gaskets and cement.

Common Aerospace Products Containing Asbestos

Prior to the 1980s and 1990s, asbestos was found in several aircraft components and equipment used to repair aircraft may also have contained asbestos. For example, aerospace adhesives and epoxies, used as structural bonding agents between aircraft pieces or for filling dents and surface imperfections, may have contained the dangerous toxin.

  • Torque valves
  • Gaskets
  • Flexible Insulating Tape
  • Asbestos Packing
  • Asbestos Blankets
  • Asbestos Cloth
  • Asbestos Tubing
  • Friction Materials
  • Refractory Fiber Felt
  • Molded Brake Blocks
  • Insulated Engine Shrouds
  • Asbestos Sheets
  • Firewall Seals and Fabrics
  • Thermal Insulation Material
  • Acoustical Insulating Material
  • Foil Insulating Tape
  • Firesleeves
  • Molded Insulation/Reinforced Plastics
  • Brake Assemblies
  • Body Fillers
  • Engine Mounts
  • Engine Heat Shields
  • Phenolic Laminates
  • Honeycomb Structures

Mesothelioma Lawsuits for Aircraft Mechanics

Our mesothelioma lawyers are committed to pursuing justice for mechanics who were exposed to asbestos on the job. We have worked to represent mesothelioma victims and their families for over a decade and treat our clients with the respect and personalized attention they deserve.

If you believe you or a loved one has been experiencing mesothelioma symptoms related to mechanics’ asbestos exposure, please fill out the form below to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers.


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Shareholder Melissa Crowe Schopfer joined Simmons Hanly Conroy in 2005 as an asbestos and mesothelioma attorney. In November 2012, she became an asbestos trial team leader, where her responsibilities include managing a team of attorneys and legal staff. She has worked on over 500 cases in the past 10 years and helped recover over $100 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of individuals and families impacted by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. She has represented clients who live in nearly every state.