Asbestos may be in your building products

On Behalf of | May 11, 2020 | asbestos

Before 1980, asbestos was commonly found in building products used in the construction of commercial and residential structures because of its versatility and cost. Construction workers engaged in altering or demolishing these structures and the original workers are among the high-risk occupations for exposure from these building products.

Contractors quit the widespread use of asbestos widespread 40 years because of its link to mesothelioma. Materials comprised of this material are dangerous when its fibers are released into the air or when there is improper removal or renovation. People who live in homes or work in offices containing also face risk if these products are improperly removed or disturbed.

Asbestos was commonly used in the manufacture of floor tiles because of its resistance to heat and its low price. Now, these products are still hazardous because tiles must be broken apart during their removal and their asbestos particles are released into the air. The correct protective gear is required for safe removal of tiles containing asbestos.

Traditional popcorn ceiling tiles typically contain asbestos. It was effective with containing heat and insulating the electric wires that could start ceiling fires.

House siding was also popular before 1980 and often contained asbestos. But a test is required to whether siding is comprised of asbestos because it is difficult to detect in this product. Removal also requires well-trained workers.

Asbestos was also extensively used as insultation for pipes, especially heating pipes. There is less risk involved in removing these pipes because removal does not require their demolition. Removal, however, still needs special handling.

Cement mixes typically contained asbestos as a low-cost substance. Because cement removal requires breaking it apart, its removal is also difficult.

Small asbestos fibers are released into the air when a hammer strikes cement. Excavators need N95 respirators to protect their lungs against asbestos fibers which can enter and become entrapped in their lungs.

Obtaining evidence and locating a responsible party to sue is challenging. An attorney can help victims of asbestos-related illnesses or their families pursue their rights and seek compensation.