Asbestos Exposure in Construction Sites
Nearly six million American workers are employed by the construction industry. During the bulk of the 20th century, asbestos could often be found in construction equipment, as well as materials such as gaskets, ceiling and floor tile, joint compound, caulking, and shingles. Asbestos, a fibrous mineral that was commonly used as a construction and building material prior to the 1990s, is the sole known cause of mesothelioma – an aggressive cancer most often forming in the lining of the lungs.
During construction projects, asbestos materials needed to be cut, ground, installed, and occasionally demolished. Any of these actions would release and agitate a great deal of asbestos dust, contaminating the air at the site with millions of harmful asbestos fibers. These asbestos materials would also wear down over time, due to natural degradation, repair, and maintenance, producing even more asbestos dust. The millions of construction workers who inhaled these fibers are at a high risk of developing mesothelioma.
Construction workers were never told of these dangers by the asbestos industry. The asbestos industry had been aware of the health hazards of asbestos since the 1920s, but did not warn workers. Because of this, and because mesothelioma is only known to be caused by asbestos, construction workers who develop mesothelioma have the right to seek compensation for their illness. It is important, however, to seek out experienced mesothelioma attorneys when pursuing an asbestos lawsuit.
Belluck & Fox attorneys have won over $500 million from asbestos companies on behalf of our clients, with hundreds of winning verdicts and favorable settlements. We have obtained money on behalf of many current and former construction workers, and consider it an honor to fight for workers who have been injured by the asbestos industry. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us any time through our online contact form or by phone at 877-MESOTHELIOMA (638-6843). To learn more, click here to receive a free mesothelioma information package.