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By Treven Pyles
Posted on July 15th, 2020
People in no other occupation got exposed to asbestos as much as the insulators were exposed to this toxic material. Between the years 1920 and 1980, every insulation product was made with asbestos, and insulators were inevitably exposed to asbestos as they installed and replaced the insulation materials.
Throughout the 1900s, insulators were heavily exposed to asbestos when it was used as insulation at manufacturing facilities, in cars and ships, boilers, and large buildings. They worked in various fields, however, their main responsibility was installation of insulation products. They also worked on ships and various facilities that required insulation for machinery. Currently, insulators continue to be exposed to asbestos when old buildings that contain asbestos insulation are remodeled or when they handle machinery that was manufactured before the 1980s.
Insulators in almost every industry worked directly with asbestos regularly. Generally, they have the responsibility of determining the type and amount of insulation required and deciding the installation method by taking into account factors such as the shape of the surface, location, and equipment use. In addition to high asbestos exposure from the insulation products, insulators worked in an environment where other asbestos materials were used extensively in the form of flooring, roofing, paint, drywall, and sealants. Further, they worked within cramped spaces which had very poor ventilation. Insulators performed their duties in the following areas:
The tasks performed by insulators include:
The following insulation techniques that used asbestos as a prime component were used by insulators:
The people who worked as insulators in the past century are currently at risk of developing serious, often life-threatening diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other cancerous conditions. A Swedish study that was published in the year 2016 in the Epidemiology and Health journal reported that the rate of pleural mesothelioma in insulators was over ten times higher when compared to the general population.
Asbestos-related diseases may not develop until 10-50 years after the exposure has taken place. Asbestos fibers get accumulated in the organ tissues, especially within the lungs after inhalation, and eventually lead to inflammation and scarring of the lung tissues. Over the years, this irritated tissue can turn into mesothelioma and lung cancer. Extensive research regarding the occupational diseases caused by asbestos exposure have shown that over 80% of asbestos insulators with more than 20 years of experience developed asbestosis and nearly 40% of deaths among insulators could be attributed to their asbestos exposure.
Insulators who have developed the following benign conditions are eligible to file an asbestos claim if they travel to Birmingham, AL to our medical facility and asbestos fibers are detected in their lungs during the free asbestos screening they undergo there:
Insulators with the diagnosis of the following cancerous conditions that are linked to their worksite asbestos exposure have immediate eligibility to file a claim: