- Railroad brakeman/conductor diagnosed with mesothelioma at age 79. He was exposed to asbestos from railroad brake shoes, from asbestos wrapped pipes from the locomotive cab heating system and from switching cars at various local industries, including at a Johns-Manville plant. He was a cigarette smoker for his entire life. Unfortunately, he passed away during his claim. His family continued the claim and agreed to a confidential settlement with the railroad.