The words “carcinogen” and “cancerous” were deliberately left off of the warning labels of many asbestos products.
Asbestos exposure has occurred to millions of people in the United States, and as a result, about 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year.
Throughout the 20th century, products containing asbestos fibers were used in a wide range of occupational settings. Incredibly, some of these settings continue to use products containing asbestos. Because of its resistance to heat as well as its affordability, this carcinogenic material became popular.
Trades and Industries Linked to Exposure to Asbestos
Power plants, Navy ships, submarines and other vessels, military bases, industrial locations and construction jobsites are just a few of the places where products containing asbestos were commonly used. Many workers, as a result, were exposed to asbestos in the workplace without even knowing it.
People do not have to directly handle asbestos in order to come into contact with this deadly carcinogen, because asbestos fibers can be carried through the air. By merely being present at a job site, there are many documented cases through which people have been indirectly exposed. This is referred to as “bystander exposure.” Even more tragically, children and wives of workers were exposed to asbestos as the fibers were carried away from job sites on workers’ clothing.
Incredibly, only minimal safety standards were enforced well after it was well documented that asbestos exposure carried significant danger. In order to zealously maintain their profits, many companies deliberately kept from using the words “carcinogen” or “cancerous” on the warning labels of their products. In addition, they failed to offer even the most basic of safety protection to their workers.
The mesothelioma lawyers with Baron and Budd have fought the asbestos industry for 35 years. During that time, we have accumulated a wealth of internal documentation that provides proof that asbestos companies were fully aware that their products present a risk of asbestosis, mesothelioma and other diseases. Even though these documents stretch as far back as the start of the 20th century, some companies continued to use many products containing asbestos well into the 1980s.
Occupational Exposure: A California construction worker who was exposed to asbestos in joint compound enlisted the help of Baron and Budd after developing mesothelioma. Once Baron and Budd proved that the asbestos companies were to blame for his mesothelioma, the man was awarded more than $10.5 million.
Asbestos in Construction Products
Drywallers, pipe fitters, shipyard workers, machinists, electricians, plumbers and workers in several similar trades were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis.
Modern-Day Materials Containing Asbestos
There are still many companies that are, unfortunately, still using materials that contain asbestos. For example, the construction industry still uses chrysotile asbestos in building materials, which can still legally be imported into U.S. This material is primarily used for roofing and other construction items. Gaskets, certain plastics and friction materials and chrysotile-cement building materials are just some of the products using this type of asbestos.
Industrial boiler room aprons, gears, thermal insulation and floor tiles are other products that may still contain asbestos.