Asbestos exposure in roofers

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on April 12th, 2021

During the last century, roofers were frequently exposed to asbestos while installing, maintaining, repairing, or tearing out hazardous building materials. Today, former roofers who came to struggle with a disease as a result of occupational asbestos exposure are eligible for compensation.

Whether they would work on the flat roofs of industrial or commercial buildings or on the pitched roofs of residential buildings, roofers were in regular contact with asbestos on the job between 1900 and 1980. They were in charge of installing, maintaining, repairing, and tearing out dangerous building materials such as roof shingles, tar paper, and underlayment. Furthermore, they were also responsible for cutting and shaping these building materials, which inevitably released tremendous amounts of asbestos in the air. However, exposure to asbestos in roofers also occurred because they performed their job in close proximity to carpenters, insulators, and drywall finishers, who also released asbestos fibers in the air, thereby worsening their exposure.

How were roofers exposed to asbestos?

During the last century, there was a wide range of roofing building materials. Accordingly, flat roofs were made of tar with gravel stones, while pitched roofs were made of layered asphalt shingles. Nevertheless, regardless of the style of the roof, nearly all petroleum-based roofing materials contained asbestos before 1980. By 1907, asbestos became the primary roofing material additive for the manufacturing of shingles based on a blend of asphalt and asbestos. As a consequence, numerous shingle factories began emerging throughout the United States. For the following 7 decades, asbestos roofing products covered the entire country. The reasons why asbestos was so popular in roofing materials are the following:

  • asbestos was lightweight, which made it ideal for heavy roof loads
  • asbestos fibers gave roofing made of asphalt durability and strength
  • asbestos could not rust, conduct electricity or react to heat
  • asbestos was easy to work with, as well as very cheap to purchase

Roofers would mostly be exposed to asbestos when cutting building materials that contained asbestos, as the process would unavoidably release asbestos dust in the air and, in the absence of protective equipment, workers would inhale plenty of this toxic mineral. Moreover, the asbestos released in the air by other tradesmen, such as carpenters and insulators, would only worsen their exposure. They would also come in direct contact with asbestos when tearing out old asbestos shingles since over the years, these building materials become friable and thereby release asbestos fibers in the air. Furthermore, roofers would also have to bind the materials, insulate the structure, seal out moisture and air, and soundproof the structure, jobs that required them to use more asbestos products, such as putties, felts, and sprays.

What roofing products contained asbestos?

Nearly all building materials used by roofers would contain asbestos between 1900 and 1980, as this mineral had numerous convenient properties. The following are only some of the products containing asbestos that roofers would have to handle on a regular basis during the last century:

  • roofing tar and asphalt liquids
  • roofing felt and underlayment
  • roofing caulking, mastic, and sealant
  • shingles made of cement
  • roof flashings and vents
  • corrugated asbestos roofing
  • AAA hip and ridge shingles
  • Careystone corrugated roofing
  • Externit asbestos shingles
  • Fire-chex '325' shingles
  • Flintcoat roofing
  • Johns-Manville Blak-Kap duplex roofing

If you were a roofer before 1980, you were most likely exposed to asbestos. In the unfortunate event that you receive a diagnosis that may be the consequence of asbestos exposure, we strongly encourage you to contact our skilled legal team, as we specialize in toxic exposure and will be able to recover considerable financial compensation for you.

For what diseases can roofers exposed to asbestos recover compensation?

By now, it is a known fact that asbestos is a highly dangerous naturally occurring mineral, exposure to which can result in numerous terrible diseases, some of which are life-threatening. The following are the diagnoses for which you can file a toxic exposure claim with the assistance of our attorneys, whose main area of practice is toxic exposure, without coming to Birmingham, Alabama, as the legal process can easily unfold over the phone and via e-mail:

Nonetheless, if you developed one of the diseases below, you will have to travel to our offices so that your lungs can be examined by our medical experts for the presence of asbestos fibers. If asbestos fibers are found in your lungs, you qualify for compensation, which we will gladly help you recover from the companies whose asbestos products you handled as a roofer.

Since 1990, we have been providing quality legal assistance to victims of asbestos exposure and are bound to obtain the maximum financial compensation you are entitled to for your diagnosis if you were a roofer who was exposed to asbestos on the job. If you experience alarming respiratory symptoms or other bothersome symptoms, please seek medical attention as soon as possible, as up to 20% of people who worked with asbestos eventually develop a related disease.

File a toxic exposure claim for asbestos exposure with the help of our resourceful legal team

With over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation for victims of toxic exposure, including thousands of people exposed to asbestos, our legal team has the necessary knowledge and resources to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve for your suffering from the liable manufactures. Today, asbestos trust funds are the main source of compensation for victims of asbestos exposure and we will file a claim with the asbestos trust fund of each and every company whose dangerous products you handled on the job as a roofer.

The only documents we will need from you are your employment records and your medical records, as your asbestos claim needs to be accompanied by pertinent evidence. Moreover, our legal experts will conduct research of their own to discover additional proof for your claim. Eventually, you will receive the largest sum of money you qualify for from all the responsible companies if you decide to work with our skilled legal team. For more information, please feel free to contact us and we will promptly answer your questions.