Asbestos, a key fireproofing ingredient in building materials, was used by electricians all over the United States. Buildings constructed between 1920 and 1980 are most likely to contain asbestos materials.
Many products that electricians encountered on a daily basis, such as insulation, contained asbestos. The dangers of asbestos arise when the fibers are released into the air and inhaled. When an electrician would drill into an insulation film, drywall, plaster or other asbestos material, the toxic fibers would be released into the air and enter the lungs of the electrician. This is just one example of asbestos exposure among electricians.
Risk of Mesothelioma for Electricians
Electricians who built structures during the years when using materials containing asbestos was at its height are most at risk for mesothelioma. This is because of the long latency period associated with the disease. Electricians exposed to asbestos 20 to 40 years ago may just now start to experience mesothelioma symptoms.
Many asbestos products used by electricians are similar to those used in the construction industry. Some of the products handled by electricians include:
- Spackling material
- Cement siding
- Electrical ducts
- Ceiling tiles
- Electric wiring insulation
- Textured paints
- Decorative plaster
- Circuit breakers1
If you or a loved one is experiencing mesothelioma symptoms as a result of electrician asbestos exposure, contact us today for a free consultation with an asbestos attorney.
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