FORT WORTH, TEXAS – According to documents produced by BNSF Railway Company, many Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM) were installed on locomotives and railcars. The materials identified include: fabric wrap on water and steam lines; fabric wrap on compressor and governor lines; gaskets; and brake and clutch linings. Likewise, Asbestos-Containing Materials were also present in various building materials including: floor tiles; wallboard and siding; ceiling tiles; thermal system insulation; spray on insulation; and roofing materials. The documents also state that “Diseases associated with asbestos include asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma,” and that people who work with asbestos are between 5 to 88 times more likely to get lung cancer, than a person who does not work with asbestos. The documents, dated 2001, indicate that asbestos-containing materials may still have been present on older equipment and buildings at that time. The documents themselves are available by clicking the following links:
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