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Asbestos Uses

Houston, Texas

Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of minerals that is made up of tiny fibers. Asbestos is extremely durable and heat-resistant which is why is has been used in a wide array of commercial applications for over a century.

When asbestos is agitated or worked with in any way it can release tiny particles that are easily inhaled. These particles were found to be harmful to people as early as the 1930s, however, employers that were made aware of these particles didn't take any precautionary action against them. Asbestos has been deemed the primary cause of mesothelioma, an incurable, malignant form of cancer.

If you're suffering with mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure, you may have recourse against your employer for damages. Please contact the Houston, Texas mesothelioma attorneys at Heard, Robins, Cloud & Black. Call us at (800) 499-1797.

Industrial Asbestos Uses

Asbestos was widely used in industrial and commercial settings. In addition to being used as high-temperature insulation material, asbestos was used for fireproofing, to coat the engine rooms of ships, and on metal beams. Unfortunately for the employees in these scenarios, asbestos was laid and agitated constantly so they were inhaling cancer-causing fibers at an extremely high rate.

Typical industrial uses of asbestos include:

  • Refineries
  • Chemical plants
  • Steel mills
  • Paper mills
  • Shipyards
  • Commercial buildings

Residential Asbestos Uses

While industrial applications of asbestos are often the culprits for so many suffering from mesothelioma, asbestos was also being used in residential applications. These products include siding, joint compound, oven mitts, and even the faux snow used as decoration for holiday displays.

Current Uses of Asbestos

While asbestos affected the majority of its victims between 1900 and the 1970s, there are still several applications that use asbestos today.

Asbestos is still used in the following:

  • Cement sheets
  • Certain clothing
  • Pipeline wrap
  • Roofing materials
  • Cement pipes
  • Gaskets
  • Brake drums, linings, and blocks in vehicles

Even though certain applications are approved by the United Stated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA*), employers have a responsibility to their employees to provide adequate warnings and protection against the harmful effects of asbestos inhalation. Our Houston mesothelioma attorneys have even experienced cases where the employer didn't protect their employee from taking home clothing that had asbestos fibers on it and the employee's family experienced the effects of take-home asbestos.

Houston Asbestos Attorneys You Can Trust

If your employer had knowledge of the harm that asbestos could cause, but still allowed you to operate without protection from it, you have the recourse to file a lawsuit. The damage that asbestos could cause was known as early as the 1930s, so whether you were exposed to mesothelioma in the past or you or a loved one are being exposed to it today, you may have the rights to a settlement. Please contact our Houston, Texas asbestos lawyers to determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit. Call us at (800) 499-1797.

*Source: http://www2.epa.gov/asbestos/us-federal-bans-asbestos

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