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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 military 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.

Civilian plumbers were sometimes sent to U.S. Air Force bases and U.S. Army bases to perform plumbing and pipefittings jobs and consequently were exposed to asbestos.

Relevant job titles

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

Asbestos secondary exposure?

People exposed through spouse, husband, parent, relative.

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Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in steamfitters, pipefitters, plumbers/utilitiesmen

If you are diagnosed with a cancerous disease, you or a family member will deal with our staff over the phone and via emails ONLY, no need to travel at all. If you pass away before or during the process, surviving family members will receive the amount awarded by the claims.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If you receive the diagnosis of a noncancerous disease, we will need to do more testing (X-rays, breathing and blood tests) done at our medical facility in Birmingham, Alabama, where you will be accurately diagnosed.

AsbestosisPulmonary FibrosisPleural PlaquesPleural EffusionDiffuse Pleural ThickeningCOPDEmphysemaChronic BronchitisPleurisyLung NodulesLung SpotsAsthmaTuberculosisPneumonitisHistoplasmosisRounded AtelectasisLung Scarring Bladder Cancer

Companies that exposed steamfitters and pipefitters/utilitiesmen to asbestos

Labor union members are also eligible

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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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