Pipefitters spend each day laying out, assembling and repairing equipment that contains materials made out of asbestos. Whether a pipefitter is working on a residential construction project installing heating and cooling systems or handling the assembly of pipes that transport chemicals and other hazardous materials, he or she is being exposed to asbestos. Most people assume that asbestos is only found in insulation and flame retardant but it is also contained in the lining of many of the pipes that must be assembled or maintained in residential homes or in an industrial setting.
Asbestos in a Construction Environment
Many construction workers are surrounded by asbestos and may not even realize that the particles are in the air. Cement, bricks, drywall, insulation, pipes and flooring all contain varying amounts of asbestos ranging from trace amounts to the higher concentrations found in flame retardants and insulation. Workers to not need to physically handle materials that contain asbestos in order to inhale it and if one group of employees finished a task and moved on, the next group may enter the site right after while completely unaware of what has been kicked up into the air in the hours before.
Pipefitters work with pipes that contain asbestos because of its ability to resist damage from chemicals and heat as well as its tensile strength. Some pipes are also lined with insulation that contains asbestos which can easily be inhaled while workers layout and assemble them. In environments such as chemical plants, oil refineries, gas plants or utility companies, there is a greater need for higher concentrations of asbestos in the piping used to transport chemicals, gas, oil and other volatile materials. The pipefitters who construct and maintain these pipelines are at a much higher risk of asbestos inhalation than if they were working in another environment.
Residential and Commercial Exposure
While there is no need for pipes capable of transporting harsh chemicals and flammable gases and liquids in a commercial or residential setting, pipefitters need to work in areas that require insulation and some heating and cooling systems still require the use of pipes that are insulated. Workers are still at risk of exposure even if they are not working at a factory or plant that requires flame or chemical retardant piping. Pipefitters may inhale asbestos each day for many years while unaware that it is in the air and without any symptoms of mesothelioma. It may be years or decades after prolonged exposure before they are diagnosed.
Attorneys Representing Pipefitters In Mesothelioma Cases
If you have been exposed to large amounts of asbestos on the job and have now been diagnosed with mesothelioma, all of us here at Chicago Injury Center understand the battle that you have ahead of you and want to help ease the burden of the journey ahead. We specialize in representing clients who have been harmed at no fault of their own due to the negligence of other people and we will treat your case with the respect and confidentiality that it deserves.
Our consultations are free of charge and we will never ask you for a penny unless we are able to collect money on your behalf. By retaining one of our mesothelioma lawyers, you will be ensured that you have a knowledgeable and experienced advocate in your corner who will not quit until you have been awarded the maximum amount of compensation possible. To learn more about your rights or to get started on your case, contact us today and we will get to work for you right away.