Many of the homes that were built before the 1980s were erected using a plethora of asbestos laced products and anybody who enters these homes for the purpose of repairing or replacing insulation, HVAC systems, roofing or common household appliances is at risk of being exposed to high amounts of asbestos. Newer homes have been constructed with different materials because of an increased awareness to the dangers of asbestos, but asbestos is still legal for use in the United States in smaller quantities. Whether a home is new or old, those who perform repairs or maintenance on the home will undoubtedly come in contact with asbestos.
Asbestos was used in the duct systems of older HVAC systems because of its ability to insulate duct connectors in order to keep air flowing efficiently. HVAC workers who are required to repair or replace ducts may come in contact with asbestos particles that have spread throughout the system over years and the act of pulling the ducts apart may throw high quantities of asbestos into the air. It is also not uncommon to find asbestos in the components of furnaces because of its usefulness as a flame retardant.
Insulation is one of the products most commonly known for its asbestos content and homes built before the 1980s were insulated using asbestos based insulation. Workers who must replace insulation often find themselves breathing in the fibers when removing the old insulation. Insulators are at a much greater risk when they go to work in an older home or building than when they work in newer constructs.
Household Appliance Installers and Repairmen
Appliance repairmen and installers face a dual risk of asbestos exposure because of its use in older appliances and in the infrastructure of a home. Asbestos can be found in water heaters, stoves, drywall and the insulation around gas lines or water pipes. Installing a washer and dryer, new stove or a water heater may expose workers to asbestos fibers if the home was built with asbestos laced products.
Asbestos was used in large quantities in many of the materials that were used for roofing. It was used in fire sealant, asphalt shingles and roof putty. Many brands of shingles also contained significant amounts of asbestos. The act of cutting the roofing tiles or shingles may expose workers to asbestos dust, which can cause health concerns after prolonged and repeated inhalation.
Most people assume that new regulations have addressed asbestos related concerns, but all that has been accomplished through legislation is the gradual phasing out of asbestos laced materials in building construction and other applications. Asbestos remains a health concern so long as it has not been removed from a building, which puts workers who are required to work around it at risk even though newer products contain smaller quantities of the substance. Employers must both be aware of these concerns and address them by making their employees aware of the risks and providing equipment such as masks to workers who must work in high risk areas.
Attorneys Representing People Unknowingly Exposed To Asbestos In A Home Setting
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer that is attributed to asbestos exposure over long periods of time, you may be entitled to compensation if you or your loved one’s employer failed to take measures to protect your health. We are the trusted law firm throughout the greater Chicago area and Illinois for those who are suffering from this condition due to the negligence of their employers. We will stand by your side and hold your employer accountable in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve for medical costs and punitive damages. Contact us today to set up a free consultation in order to learn more about your rights and how we can help you.