Asbestos Exposure in Cement Pipe
Asbestos-cement pipes were often used in the mid-1900s in potable water systems in the western United States because the asbestos delivered better strength for high pressure conditions at a low cost. In 1976, the United States stopped using asbestos-cement pipes due to related health concerns. However, much of the damage had already been done and miles and miles of asbestos-cement pipes still exist today in homes built before this time. Learn why this is dangerous and
what you should do if you have been exposed—you may have a legal case that could yield you a much deserved settlement.
The History of Asbestos in Cement Pipes
The use of asbestos in cement pipes dates back to the early 1900s. Asbestos-cement pipes were first introduced in the United States in 1909, and by the 1930s, they had become the material of choice for sewer and water piping systems. Asbestos-cement pipes offered several advantages over other materials, including a high resistance to corrosion and an ability to withstand high temperatures.
However, it wasn’t until the 1970s that the potential health hazards associated with asbestos exposure were fully realized. In 1976, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a ban on the use of asbestos in products intended for home use. This included cement pipes.
Despite the ban, asbestos-cement pipes continue to be used in many parts of the world, particularly in developing countries. This is because asbestos-cement pipes are significantly cheaper than alternative materials.
The Risks of Asbestos in Cement Pipes
If you work with or around cement pipes that may contain asbestos, it’s important to take precautions to avoid exposure. Asbestos fibers can be released into the air when the pipes are cut, drilled, or sanded, and inhaling these fibers can cause serious health problems including lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Symptoms of asbestos exposure may not appear until years after the first exposure, so it’s important to get regular checkups and screenings if you think you may have been exposed. If you develop any symptoms of asbestos-related disease, be sure to see a doctor right away.
There is no safe level of asbestos exposure, so it’s important to take steps to avoid it altogether. If you work with cement pipes or any other products that may contain asbestos, make sure to follow all safety precautions and wear proper personal protective equipment.
Asbestos exposure can cause several serious health problems, including mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer. If you have been exposed to asbestos, it is important to talk to your doctor about the potential risks.
Companies Known for Having Asbestos Cement Pipes
According to research from Asbestos.com, the following companies have been involved in the manufacturing and chemical-refining processes of asbestos:
- Johns Manville
- National Gypsum Company
- Armstrong World Industries
- J-M Manufacturing Company
- Keasbey & Mattison Company
- Kubota Corporation
Sadly, many companies were well aware of the risk of asbestos as far back as 1934 but continued to manufacture and ship products holding asbestos.
What to Do if You Have Been Exposed to an Asbestos-Cement Pipe
If you have been exposed to an asbestos-cement pipe, there are a few things you can do to protect your health. First, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible so that they can determine if you have been exposed and if so, how much. You should also avoid touching or handling the pipe itself, as this could cause further exposure. If you must handle the pipe, be sure to wear gloves and other protective gear. Finally, it is important to keep the area around the pipe clean and free of dust and debris to prevent further exposure.
Contact a mesothelioma lawyer in Chicago and Grand Rapids at Vogelzang Law today if you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos. Our team holds corporations accountable for the damage they have inflicted on working Americans. Learn more about the cases we handle and the mesothelioma cases we’ve worked on. Our team provides useful asbestos knowledge and resources to get you the help you need.