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Posted by Wes on September 16, 2008 at 00:23:36:
In Reply to: fire tube boilers and maybe a link to (all) lukemia posted by rudy on September 09, 2008 at 22:55:07:
: my question is that has any body or does anybody know if their is a link from fire tube boilers? my dad resently pasted away as a steam boiler eng. for more than 35 years he has fallen and i know that 6 others have fallen also. from what i gather is that these men used to have to change and service the fire bricks and sometimes the lining also. i think that asbestos may play alarge roll in this but nobody want's to find out nothing as far as the cause. i can say as working with dad for two years in the eng. dept. i used to hear the hacking coughing and the complaints of inner chest aches and pains.so i wonder if im on the right track that might have taken these men of their deadicated service for over a span of 40 plus years. any information would be loved ever so much. thank you in advance rudy
I think leukemia is usually linked to exposure to chemicals such as benzene or exposure to radiation. Chemical exposure could be be from solvents or fuels. The hacking cough could be from a occupational lung disease such as silicosis or mesothelioma. Dust doesn't need to be asbestos to harm your lungs asbestos is just harder for your lungs to get rid of. The most important thing to learn if you are going to be in this business is to protect yourself. Learn about respiratory protection and use the right respirator for the work you are doing. Also read the MSDSs for any chemicals or fuels you work with especially the section on protective equipment.
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