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DAP, Inc.

Workers Exposed to Asbestos

The company started in 1865 as a sealing wax producer. In 1913, one of its founders, Robert H. Dicks, partnered up with George Pontius and formed the Dicks-Pontius Company expanding its activities by starting to produce putty and caulk. The company started to grow and purchase different companies during the 1950’s. A merger took place between Dicks-Pontius and the Armstrong Company in 1957 which led to the name change to DAP – Dicks-Armstrong-Pontius. In 1987, USG acquired DAP until 1999 when RPM International became its new and current owner. Until 1977, DAP used asbestos in manufacturing some of its products like caulk and sealer. The company ignored the fact that this toxic mineral posed a health risk for the people using its products.

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People Who Held Down a Job at DAP, Inc. Before 1977 Are Now at High Risk for Lung Disease

Specializing in the manufacturing of home repair products and building materials such as caulk, sealant, cement, and spackling, DAP, Inc. was another company which employed asbestos for the better part of the last century. Ever since the Industrial Revolution, the use of asbestos had become more and more popular, as the fibrous mineral has numerous convenient aspects – fire resistance, durability, insulating properties, as well as low cost. The individuals who were most heavily exposed to asbestos at DAP, Inc. and are thereby now at risk for developing serious diseases were those who participated in the production of their building materials. Furthermore, construction workers and plumbers might have also come in contact with the company’s toxic products. While DAP, Inc. claimed that they ceased asbestos use in 1977, a study from 2007 found that two of their products, namely Crack Shot Spackling Paste and 33 Glazing Compound, still contained the carcinogenic agent.

As it is the case with the companies which made use of this harmful mineral, DAP, Inc. has been listed as defendant in thousands of lawsuits filed by injured workers since 1985. Because the diseases asbestos causes may take up to 50 years to ensue, cases of former employees falling ill are still arising throughout the country. If you, too, developed a harrowing disease as a result of working at DAP, Inc. while they were using asbestos, we strongly encourage you to take legal action. Our lawyers focus primarily on asbestos exposure cases and have nearly 30 years of experience in this area of practice. They will help you recover financial compensation for your injury in the shortest time possible, as they have assisted over 230,000 asbestos victims until now. Please contact Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. and we will dedicate our efforts to helping you.

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Our Attorneys Provide Legal Assistance and Representation to Victims of Secondary Asbestos Exposure, Too


During the heyday of asbestos, industrial workers would be exposed to carcinogenic fibers on the job, whereas their family members would often be subjected to secondary asbestos exposure. Secondary asbestos exposure refers to the instances in which one inhales or ingests asbestos fibers without being in direct contact with the source of pollution. As it generally occurred at home, it is also known as domestic asbestos exposure. The negligence of asbestos companies with regard to industrial hygiene and the safety of workers was what prompted secondary asbestos exposure, as employees were not required to change their clothes at the end of the day. Thus, they would carry asbestos fibers in the house, unwittingly endangering the health of their family members.

If you shared a living space with a DAP, Inc. worker before 1977 and are now struggling with a disease such as pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma, please contact a lawyer specialized in asbestos cases to recover the compensation you deserve. Former asbestos employees are not the only category of people who qualify for filing a claim against a company whose careless actions caused them physical and emotional distress. Victims of secondary asbestos exposure are also entitled to compensation. For quality legal assistance, please contact our attorneys, who have been handling asbestos cases since 1990. With the aid of their resourceful legal team, they will promptly take over your case and strive to recover the maximum amount of money you are eligible for.