Asbestos and Mesothelioma
Asbestos is a mineral composed of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen and other metal ions. The three most common varieties of asbestos are chrysotile, amosite and crocidolite. Because of the strength and flexibility of asbestos, and also because asbestos will not burn, use of the product was abundant. A large number of construction products, including sealants, cement pipe, wall insulation, pipe insulation and ceiling panels are made of asbestos. Asbestos and asbestos containing materials (“ACMs”) have been used in the automotive industry, shipping industry and in buildings. Even though the federal government imposed strict limitations on the production of most asbestos products nearly forty years ago, installation of these products continued into the early 1980s.
Because asbestos is such a fine, powdery component, a significant downside to the use of ACMs is the dust that is created during the manufacture, installation, use and eventual deterioration of these products. The dust becomes easily airborne and inhaled, resulting in serious injuries.
Have I been exposed to asbestos?
We have all been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos dust is in the air we breathe. Asbestos disease is most commonly seen in those trades that worked with and around asbestos products. Those trades include automobile mechanics, boilermakers, building contractors, carpenters, electricians, flooring installers, laborers, plumbers and roofers. Their asbestos exposure occurred through the handling and use of a variety of construction and insulation products, including pipe covering, block, cement, joint compound, spray fireproofing, gaskets, brakes and clutches, wire and cable. However, exposure can also occur to others through casual contact with asbestos-containing products found in the home or office, such as wallboard, joint compound and floor and ceiling tiles. Exposure can occur as a result of household contact with someone who worked with our around asbestos. That person may have brought asbestos into the home on their work clothes or body, thereby exposing spouses and children.
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