Plumbers and asbestos exposure share an unfortunate relationship. Through the course of their careers, many plumbers have been exposed to the toxic mineral, later developing mesothelioma. Plumbers exposed to asbestos are most likely to have come into contact with the toxic material while working in buildings constructed prior to 1973. This is because, until 1973, spray-applied asbestos was used in many buildings for fireproofing and insulating purposes.

Products that Exposed Plumbers to Asbestos

Because Plumbers work in cramped spaces without protective gear, they likely inhaled asbestos particles as they cut asbestos gaskets, sawed, soldered, and joined pipes, or sanded down block insulation. Additionally, Plumbers exposed to asbestos were likely subjected to the toxic mineral by these materials:

  • Thermal Insulation
  • Boilers
  • Ducts
  • Tanks
  • Pipes
  • Welding rods
  • Pipe packing
  • Gaskets
  • Valves
  • Pipe block
  • Pumps

If you or someone you know worked as a Plumber and has developed mesothelioma, talk to one of our attorneys. Compensation may be available.



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When pursuing litigation, working with an attorney who has a reputation for results, compassionate representation, and responsive communication channels is a must. The lawyers at Shepard O’Donnell have helped hundreds of clients, many of whom were workers, diagnosed with mesothelioma. Workers who were exposed to asbestos during their employment but did not become sick until years later may have the right to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.