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Tile setters are skilled professionals who compile tiles to create intricate designs in buildings, homes and other structures. In the United States, there were approximately 58,700 professional tile setters in 2010, most of whom worked for flooring companies or contractors.

Most tiles installed before 1980 contained some form of asbestos. Many other products used by tile setters also contained asbestos. Some of these products include:

  • 9 x 9 floor tiles
  • 12 x 12 floor tiles
  • ceiling tiles
  • roof decks
  • Sheet linoleum
  • Cement
  • Mastic
  • Glue
  • Grout
  • Decorative/soundproofing materials
  • Patching compounds
  • Textured paint
  • And more1

When the tile setter would sand, drill, cut, scrape or remove a tile containing asbestos, the particles were distributed into the air and inhaled. Tile setters frequently exposed to these asbestos products are at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma.

Risk of Mesothelioma for Tile Setters

Tile setters who installed, worked on or removed floor tiles before 1980 are the most at risk for mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma has a long latency period; tile setters who were exposed to asbestos 20, 30 or even 40 years ago, are just now beginning to experience mesothelioma symptoms.

If you believe you or a loved one is experiencing mesothelioma symptoms related to tile setter asbestos exposure, contact Simmons Hanly Conroy today to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers.

Tile Setter Asbestos Exposure Resources

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Tile and Marble Setters, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/tile-and-marble-setters.htm


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“Norm had no idea that the materials he was working with on a daily basis, such as joint compound, floor tile, roofing shingles, and cement pipe, would eventually result in a fatal disease,” said Asbestos Attorney Taylor Kerns. “Not onceRead More

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