Piping is a crucial component of any commercial, industrial, or residential building, with larger buildings containing many miles of pipes connecting critical equipment. In the course of their careers installing, assembling, maintaining, and repairing mechanical piping systems, many pipefitters were exposed to asbestos and subsequently developed mesothelioma, especially those who worked in buildings built before 1980. The companies that supplied the asbestos-containing equipment failed to warn customers that they would be exposed to asbestos or that asbestos is a dangerous substance. Shepard O’Donnell has successfully pursued these companies for compensation for our clients who developed mesothelioma as a result of their work as pipefitters in Massachusetts.

Our clients include: Union pipefitters (including Union 537 and other unions in Massachusetts) who were working on new construction and renovation projects; and non-union pipefitters working at large industrial complexes such as powerhouses, General Electric (including facilities in Lynn and Pittsfield), paper mills, and other large industrial facilities. We have also represented dozens of private pipefitters working on residential and commercial projects.

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Where Were They Exposed?

In addition to the pipes themselves, asbestos was found in a number of different component parts and the equipment attached to the pipes, including:

  • Turbine generators
  • Compressors
  • Insulation
  • Gaskets
  • Valve packing materials
  • Furnaces
  • Steam traps
  • Heat exchangers
  • Tanks
  • Boilers
  • Cooling towers
  • Valves
  • Ducts
  • Pumps

If you or a loved one worked as a pipefitter in Massachusetts and has developed mesothelioma contact us today for a free case evaluation to learn whether you might be entitled to compensation. Shepard O’Donnell has successfully litigated hundreds of asbestos-related cases, often resulting in life-changing verdicts or settlements for our clients.

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