As a physically demanding occupation, boilermakers are responsible for assembling, installing, maintaining, and repairing boilers and other types of vessels that contain liquids or gases. These employees can work in a variety of settings, but are most often found working in office buildings, industrial plants, apartment complexes, schools, warehouses, or other locations that may use steam as a heat or power source.
Boilermakers and Asbestos Exposure
It’s not uncommon for boiler systems – especially older ones – to be made with asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos was used for years in products like insulation, pipes, joint compounds, adhesives, and more. It was often used for its fireproofing capabilities, strength, durability, and affordability.
Boilermakers worked with many of these products and therefore were exposed to the deadly mineral on a daily basis. Asbestos could easily become airborne when flange-breaking and removing valves, piping, or vessels insulated with the fibers, or when attaching rigging components like slings, chain-falls, or come-alongs to pipes, beams, or other components.
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, boilermakers worked with asbestos-containing products with little to no protection against the carcinogen. In addition to inhaling asbestos fibers while working, they could also have brought the toxin home on their clothes, unknowingly exposing their loved ones through secondhand exposure. All of these actions put boilermakers and their families at risk for asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma.
Help for Boilermakers and Their Families
Conclusive medical evidence points to the presence of asbestos in products handled by boilermakers, and research shows that most asbestos companies knew about the medical dangers of the mineral without making efforts to prevent exposure. These businesses knowingly put workers, including boilermakers, at risk for mesothelioma, since there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.
Luckily, all hope is not lost for boilermakers and their loved ones who may have been exposed to asbestos years ago. Sokolove Law can help you understand your legal options. As a mesothelioma law firm with more than 40 years of experience in the industry, you can trust our commitment to finding justice for mesothelioma patients.
Contact us today for a free legal consultation to see if we can help you.