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Steamfitters and Pipefitters/Utilitiesmen

Exposed to Asbestos at their workplace

Between the 1940s - 1980s steamfitters, pipefitters and plumbers worked frequently with asbestos products and were considered to be a high-risk group for contracting an asbestos-related illness after extended exposure. The products that steamfitters, pipefitters, and plumbers worked with had to be cut or sanded down to meet size specifications for the projects they were handed.

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By cutting for fitting, a great deal of dust was generated, meaning that the workers were at risk of inhaling the dangerous dust containing the asbestos fibers.

In these men and women, asbestos-related cancer could have taken 10 years or more to manifest itself after the initial exposure whereas mesothelioma and asbestosis could take up to 30 or 40 years to begin showing signs and symptoms of the disease.

The equivalent of pipefitters, steamfitters and plumbers in the military was the rating of utilitiesman. As a U.S. Navy occupation with a high risk of asbestos exposure, utilitiesmen were in charge of installing, maintaining and repairing plumbing, heating systems, water treatment, refrigeration equipment, and fuel storage. Therefore, exposure to asbestos was tremendous, since this kind of equipment would contain large amounts of the toxic mineral. By disturbing it, asbestos fibers would become airborne and utilitiesmen would subsequently inhale and ingest them, which now places this military occupation among the most dangerous in this respect.

Relevant Job Titles

  • pipefitter
  • apprentice fitter
  • pipefitter's helper
  • pipe assembler
  • pipe coverer
  • steamfitter
  • plumber
  • maintenance plumber
  • utilitiseman

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We also represent the close relatives of steamfitters and pipefitters/utilitiesmen that handled asbestos and are now sick or have passed away.

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Diseases Contracted after Asbestos Exposure in Steamfitters, Pipefitters, Plumbers/Utilitiesmen

Once again, asbestos insulation was the main culprit which caused exposure in the case of steamfitters, pipefitters, and plumbers during the last century. Having to maintain, repair and replace pipes, these occupational groups would inevitably disturb asbestos insulation, which would subsequently release a significant amount of dangerous fibers in the air they were breathing. The more frequently one is exposed to asbestos, the greater their chances of developing a related disease are. While asbestos exposure mostly affects the lungs, it can also damage other organs in the body, depending on where asbestos fibers end up, such as the kidneys, the colon or the stomach.

Lung cancer Mesothelioma Asbestosis Esophageal Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Emphysema Colorectal Cancer Diffuse Pleural Thickening Pulmonary Fibrosis Bronchial cancer COPD

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How Can We Help Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Plumbers/Utilitiesmen Who Were Exposed to Asbestos?

During your period working in this industry, you most likely have been exposed to asbestos. Contact us to get comprehensive information regarding your medical options because an early diagnosis can help you get treated sooner.

And if you as a plumber, pipefitter or steamfitter have been a victim to asbestos exposure, let us help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve as we will prepare and submit the required legal documents to file claims with the asbestos trust funds. If you had one of these occupations in the military, we will also seek compensation from the VA, in addition to the money you will receive from asbestos trust funds.

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