Construction Workers and Asbestos Exposure

Injuries resulting from construction work are common and many injuries among construction workers are caused by exposure to hazardous materials. One hazardous material, asbestos, has been used in construction products for years. Exposure to asbestos can lead to devastating diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

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Construction Occupations Most at Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Construction workers utilized a broad range of materials, and for over seven decades, many building products contained a lethal substance — asbestos. Asbestos was thought to be the perfect construction material and was frequently added to other products to make them lighter, stronger, fireproof and thermally stable.

As a result, a variety of different roles on construction sites were exposed to asbestos on the job, including:

  • Boilermakers
  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters
  • Ceiling Tile Installers
  • Demolition Workers
  • Drywallers
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • Flooring Mechanics
  • Foremen
  • General Contractors
  • Glaziers
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Inspectors
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Laggers
  • Lathe Operators
  • Lathers
  • Machinists
  • Maintenance Workers
  • Masons
  • Millwrights
  • Operating Engineers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Pipelayers
  • Pipe Coverers
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Roofers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Superintendents
  • Supervisors
  • Tapers
  • Teamsters
  • Technicians
  • Tile Setters
  • Welders

The above list of construction worker roles potentially exposed to asbestos is not exhaustive.

As a construction worker, there are many potential ways you could’ve been exposed on the job — and we can help you figure that out. Get a free case review today to learn more about what we may be able to do for you.

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Common Construction Products Containing Asbestos

Buildings constructed between 1920 and 1980 are most likely to contain asbestos materials. Asbestos products commonly used in construction include:

  • Vinyl flooring
  • Insulation
  • Plaster
  • Stucco
  • Roofing shingles
  • Cement
  • Piping
  • And More

Mesothelioma Lawsuits for Construction Workers

Construction workers who built structures during the years when asbestos-containing materials were at their height are most at risk for mesothelioma. This is because of the long latency period associated with the disease; workers who had asbestos exposure 10, 20, or even 50 years ago are now experiencing mesothelioma symptoms.

If you or a loved one is experiencing mesothelioma symptoms as a result of asbestos exposure in the construction industry, you may be eligible to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. Please fill out the form below to speak with an asbestos attorney about a potential case.

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Attorney Taylor Kerns is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy who focuses his practice on asbestos litigation. He oversees a team of attorneys and legal staff, who represent individuals across the country suffering from asbestos-related diseases. He has helped secure millions of dollars on behalf of individuals and families impacted by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.