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Oil refineries process and refine crude oil into more useful products such as petroleum, nylon, gasoline, kerosene, plastics, tar, asphalt and more. Specific industries associated with employing oil refinery workers and petroleum engineers include:
Because the equipment these professionals commonly work on can contain asbestos, oil refinery workers are at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.
By sawing, cutting, sanding or working with asbestos products, toxic fibers can be released into the air and inhaled. Many products used by oil refinery workers contained asbestos. Some of those products include:
Because mesothelioma has such a long latency period, oil refinery workers who worked in oil refineries before 1980 are most at risk for developing the disease. Workers who were exposed to asbestos 10, 20, even 50 years ago are just now beginning to experience mesothelioma symptoms.
If you or someone you love is experiencing asbestos-related disease symptoms and you’d like to talk to an experienced mesothelioma lawyer about a potential case, contact us today by filling out the form below.