Asbestos Exposure

Anyone who worked in construction, maintenance, heavy industry, and similar jobs between the 1920s and mid-1980s was likely exposed to asbestos. Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. has represented thousands of clients suffering from asbestos-related illnesses.

Industrial Exposure

Asbestos was very heavily used in industrial settings including these and many more:

  • Chemical plants
  • Construction sites
  • Factories
  • Foundries
  • Paper mills
  • Power plants
  • Railroads
  • Refineries
  • Shipyards
  • Steel plants
  • Textile mills
  • The following types of workers, and many more, are at increased risk to develop asbestos-related disease:

  • Aircraft workers
  • Boilermakers
  • Brick masons
  • Building contractors
  • Building inspectors
  • Carpenters
  • Construction laborers
  • Crane operators
  • Dock workers
  • Drywallers
  • Electricians
  • Foundry workers
  • Gasket manufacturing workers
  • Insulators
  • Janitors
  • Laborers
  • Machine operators
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Mechanics
  • Mechanics
  • Painters
  • Paper mill workers
  • Pipe fitters
  • Plumbers
  • Steam fitters
  • Tile setters
  • Tire workers
  • Warehouse workers
  • Welders
  • Below is only a handful of the many types of products associated with industrial asbestos exposure:

    • Insulating cements, plasters, mortars, and joint compounds
    • Boiler insulation
    • Pipe insulation
    • Firebrick, gunnite, and other sprays used to insulate furnaces, boilers, etc.
    • Asbestos clothing
    • Asbestos cement pipe
    • Block insulation
    • Construction-related exposure

    Asbestos was commonly used in vast numbers of residential, commercial, and industrial building products and supplies. Below is a list of common building supplies that contained asbestos:

    • Acoustical ceilings - droptile
    • Bricks, cements, mortars
    • Plasters, joint compounds, taping
    • Drywall
    • Insulation
    • Floor tiles
    • Fireproofing material
    • Asbestos cement pipe

    Military-Related Exposure

    Military bases, much like other buildings in years past, were constructed using many different asbestos-containing building supplies. Those who served in the military may have been exposed to asbestos on one or more military bases throughout the country.

    Also, military ships, specifically those of the U.S. Navy, are notorious for their use of asbestos insulation in and around boilers and steam lines.

    If you have ever served in the military, especially if you have ever been on a ship, then you may have a valid claim for asbestos exposure.

    Secondary Exposure and Other Household Exposure

    It is entirely possible to develop an asbestos-related disease without having been exposed to asbestos at a job site or workplace. Family members were often exposed to asbestos fibers on the clothing of those in the household who worked in factories, refineries, steel plants, etc. This is called secondary exposure. It is common for wives, children, nieces, nephews, even grandchildren to develop asbestos-related diseases from this type of exposure. Also, many household appliances were insulated with asbestos, including ovens, toasters, and hair dryers.

    Please see our Asbestos Diseases page for more detailed information about asbestos exposure and diseases.