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Asbestos-Containing Products

If an asbestos-containing material can be crumpled under hand pressure (“friable asbestos”), it is more likely to release fibers into the air.

Fluffy, spray-applied asbestos fire proofing material, for example, is generally considered “friable.”  Materials which are “non-friable” such as vinyl asbestos floor tile, can release fibers when sanded, sawed or otherwise disturbed.

Asbestos-containing materials, such as cement pipes, can release asbestos fibers into the air if broken, cut or crushed when a building is constructed, renovated, repaired or demolished. This can put workers and other individuals at risk for a number of asbestos diseases, including mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer.

As many as 3,000 different types of commercial products may have contained asbestos, including:

• Pipe insulation
• Cement
• Acoustical plaster
• Decorative plaster
• Electrical cloth
• Lay-in panels
• Roofing shingles
• Roofing felt
• Base flashing
• Thermal paper products
• Packing materials (rope)
• Fire doors
• Wall board blankets
• Boiler insulation
• Gaskets
• Spray-applied insulation
• Blown insulation
• HVAC duct insulation
• Breaching insulation
• Flexible fabric connections
• Boiler insulation pipes
• Heating and electrical ducts
• Electrical wiring insulation
• Fireproofing materials
• Fire curtains
• Block insulation
• Pipes (transite)
• Joint compounds
• Asphalt floor tile
• Vinyl floor tile
• Duct tile
• Vinyl sheet flooring
• Vinyl wall coverings
• Cooling towers
• Flooring backing
• Floor tile
• Construction adhesives
• Carpet texture products

Mesothelioma lawyers have filed thousands of lawsuits on behalf of workers who developed serious illnesses after suffering asbestos exposure. These lawsuits have alleged that workers were not properly warned about the dangers of asbestos products.

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