Tile installation and asbestos exposure remain a problem in the U.S. Tile installation workers up until the mid-90s faced the risk of asbestos exposure in a variety of products.
Vinyl tiles originally contained asbestos fibers in a matrix as a strengthening and insulating material. Ceramic tiles made outside the U.S. pose a high risk of containing friable asbestos components. Mastics adhesives used to secure tiles to surfaces could contain asbestos, as could grout substances. Additionally, cement boards, insulation, and other materials could contain high amounts of asbestos.
Modern tile installation workers also face asbestos exposure from these materials upon demolition or removal. Asbestos fibers tend to “fry” or crumble as they age. Asbestos vinyl tiles that chip or deteriorate could eject asbestos fibers into the air. Ceramic tiles and especially grouts, and mastics have a higher chance of creating airborne asbestos fibers.
Therefore, workers who installed tile roughly from the 1940s to the 1990s and workers responsible for removing tile to this day risk asbestos exposure.
Tile Installation Asbestos Exposure Related Cancer Risk
Because of the high risk of asbestos exposure, tile workers face a corresponding risk of related conditions. These conditions include mesothelioma, lung cancer, pleural cancer and similar conditions.
One notable case saw a former tile setter from New Haven, Connecticut win a $2 million jury award for his mesothelioma condition. Legal teams have won similar lawsuits all over the world.
Those exposed to asbestos should note that symptoms of related conditions can take decades to develop. For instance, the latency period between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma conditions could take 20 to 40 years or more. Therefore, anyone once exposed to asbestos or who has symptoms and may have been exposed should investigate their legal options for compensation.
If you or a loved one once installed or demolished tile and have since been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition like mesothelioma or lung cancer, contact Mesowatch today. You can receive immediate assistance and a free, confidential case evaluation. Then, you will immediately connect with our nationwide legal partner team to locate all liable parties and quickly pursue the maximum amount of compensation for your losses.