The carpentry industry has long been one of the major users of asbestos and asbestos-containing projects. For decades, before asbestos warnings were issued in the 1970s, those who worked in construction, including carpenters, were facing constant exposure to this hazardous material.
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What’s the problem?
Sadly, almost every construction product that carpenters used prior to the mid-1970s or early 1980s may have contained asbestos. In addition, because many other construction products contained asbestos, it is likely that carpenters working on residential and commercial building sites worked in asbestos-laden environments on a daily basis. Though many companies and company owners knew of the dangers of asbestos, workers were rarely supplied with safety equipment like masks and respirators, which would have curtailed the inhalation of airborne asbestos fibers.
Carpentry products containing asbestos included wallboard, gypsum, floor tiles, shingles, paint, paper, and cement. Using power tools further exacerbated the exposure risks because using a power saw, for example, to cut wallboard was likely to generate a large amount of dust that contained asbestos particles that could become airborne. Until the mid-1980’s, when the dangers of asbestos exposure became evident, many carpenters were unaware of the risks and did not take appropriate safety measures. Today, carpenters use masks and respirators to avoid risking exposure to potentially harmful asbestos fibers.
Undertaking any type of remodeling project these days requires an inspection to be performed to see if asbestos exists in the structure. If so, proper asbestos abatement protocol must be followed before work can begin. It is generally advised to call on the services of an asbestos removal specialist if asbestos is suspected to exist.
Do I have a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
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 carpentry industry mesothelioma lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.