Asbestos-containing cement was widely used in the construction industry throughout the majority of the 20th century. Those who worked in cement plants before the 1970s may be at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma. However, even construction workers today who work with asbestos-containing cement products may be exposed to asbestos.
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What’s the problem?
Though cement has been used as a building material for centuries, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that it began being combined with asbestos. Asbestos-cement products, first manufactured in the United States in 1905, had myriad uses and were lauded for their fire resistance, excellent durability, easy of forming and installation, and low cost.
In the early days, asbestos cement was often marketed as an agent for repairing roofs, and companies that manufactured the substance guaranteed that it would stop all leaks. Later, it was used as synthetic roof and wall shingles, corrugated wall and roof panels, flat millboard, and decorative wall and ceiling moldings. Additional manufactured products included water pipes, simulated ceramic bathroom tiles, facings of acoustical materials, electrical switchboard panels, and laboratory tabletops.
Many companies continued to use asbestos in their cement products until the warnings of the 1970s, even though many were already aware of the dangers of the mineral. Records show that company executives had inside knowledge of health hazards associated with asbestos inhalation, but the information was never shared with workers. Many manufacturers of asbestos-cement products have faced bankruptcy due to a plethora of asbestos-related lawsuits stemming from individuals who developed asbestos cancer as a result of manufacturing or using their products.
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The Toxic Tort Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in asbestos-related mesothelioma lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.