History & Usage of Asbestos

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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. Over the past century, it was mined extensively by countries such as Canada, Australia, Russia, China, Africa, and the United States in naturally occurring deposits. Thousands of different products found in the United States have contained various types of asbestos. Its use in the U.S. began in the mid-1800s and continued to be found in various products as late as the 1990s and into the 2000s because of its heat-resistance and unique strengthening qualities, as well as its resistance to electrical current.

Its uses have been widespread, and not solely limited to thermal insulation or industrial materials, asbestos was once found in various products ranging from clothing to brake linings, electrical panels, and roofing shingles.

Asbestos Exposure in the Workforce

Certain industries have seen more potential for asbestos exposure than others over the years. For example, nowhere was the use of asbestos more widespread than in American shipyards. Approximately 100,000 people in the United States have died, or will die, from asbestos exposure related to shipbuilding.

By the mid-20th century, asbestos uses included both industrial as well as household uses, including:

  • Fireproofing
  • Concrete
  • Firebricks
  • Pipes and insulating cement
  • Heat, fire, and acid resistant gaskets,
  • Pipe insulation
  • Flooring
  • Roofing
  • Drywall joint compound

Thousands of tons of asbestos-containing materials were used in Navy ships to insulate pipes, pumps, valves, and boilers, and cover engine and turbine parts. There were approximately 4.3 million shipyard workers in the United States during WWII and for every 1,000 such workers, approximately 14 have been shown to have contracted mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure. An unknown, but undoubtedly large number of these same workers have since passed away from progressive asbestosis.

Similarly, men and women who spent their careers working in the petrochemical industry (chemical plants and oil refineries), the power industry, the paper industry, metal refining and production, as well as in many other industrial areas, have needlessly been put at an increased risk of developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma and lung cancer.

You Can Fight Back

If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any asbestos-related illness, contact a lawyer to discuss your legal rights. Our firm brings years of collective experience and insight to our clients’ cases. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on their behalves and can put our practice to work for you today.

Call Shrader & Associates L.L.P. at (877) 958-7920 for a free consultation.

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