Electricians work on electrical equipment — boxes, panels, wires, motors, and generators — in homes, commercial businesses, factories and power plants. They also work on ships and railroads to maintain the electrical services.
Electricians maintain power lines and the infrastructure that brings electricity to our homes and businesses. Electricians were exposed to asbestos from working directly with asbestos-containing products and also being in the vicinity to work done by other trades.
Many electrical products such as wires, motor controllers, electrical panel and boxes contained asbestos insulating materials. Some of this material was used to insulate these products and other material was used to prevent electrical shorts and fires.