How Asbestos Got Into Locomotive Crew Cabs - Mesothelioma Attorney in Virginia Explains Rick Shapiro, a FELA attorney with experience handling mesothelioma cancer cases, sat down with his law partner to talk about how asbestos fibers made their way into locomotive crew cabs. Rick revealed that the primary access point was the heater. In many locomotives, there is at least one heater and asbestos was blown into the crew cabs through this entry point. To learn more, watch this video.