Insulation containing asbestos was a cheap, durable, and fire-resistant product that was used for decades in refineries, commercial buildings, boiler rooms, ships, steel mills, trains, and other locations. Asbestos was not taken out of brand-new thermal pipe, block, or cement insulation until the mid-1970s. Asbestos is still in all old insulation that was installed until the mid-1970s.
Insulators, who were at one time known as asbestos workers, unwittingly worked with asbestos insulation for years. The cutting of block and pipe covering and the mixing of insulating finish cements during installation as well as the removal of asbestos insulation exposed not only the insulators doing the work, but any other trade within their close proximity. Asbestos insulation has been linked to diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and various types of cancer.
If you handled insulation products containing asbestos as an insulator, construction worker, pipefitter, or in another capacity, and you have contracted a life-threatening disease, you may be able to obtain compensation through an insulator asbestos exposure lawsuit.
Today, removing asbestos insulation in remodeling or demolition projects can be risky. Workers must follow prescribed asbestos removal techniques including sealing and depressurizing the area that contains asbestos and removing it using special filtration cleaners and devices. They should wear protective suits, masks, and respirators. Work areas should be well ventilated.
Bans on asbestos-containing insulation didn’t occur until the early to mid 1970s and many companies continued to install it until inventories were used up until the early 1980s. In 1991, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lifted the ban and made it possible for companies to produce asbestos insulation products as long as they contained less than 1 percent asbestos.
Because product manufacturers knowingly incorporated asbestos into insulation after learning it was hazardous, thousands have filed suits against the manufacturers as a result of developing an asbestos-related disease.
Insulation can be grouped into six main categories:
If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, or any asbestos-related disease as a result of exposure to asbestos-containing insulation, it is important to retain the services of an experienced asbestos attorney as soon as possible. Call today to learn more about your potential insulator asbestos exposure lawsuit and your compensation options.