Roofers and Asbestos Exposure
Roofers face an increased risk of asbestos exposure on the job.
The greatest fear for a roofer is death or disability from falling. Roofers never suspected that they might one day die or become disabled from breathing microscopic fibers in the shingles and roofing materials they handled every day.
Although asbestos in roofing products was banned several decades ago, the damage was done. Every year thousands of Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer, including many people exposed during roofing work 20 to 50 years ago.
Has a family member been diagnosed with asbestos disease? The Gori Law Firm can help. We have recovered compensation for thousands of clients in Illinois and throughout the United States.
Elevated Risk And Emerging Symptoms
Roofing workers have a substantially elevated risk for asbestos cancer because of heavy and prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers and asbestos dust in the course of their jobs. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral once widely used because of its fire resistance and insulating qualities.
Although asbestos was largely discontinued in the manufacture of these materials in the 1970s, many roofers who had already been exposed are now showing symptoms of mesothelioma, lung cancer and lung disease. Many thousands of roofers were still at risk in the decades since when old roofs were peeled off in re-roofing or demolition of buildings.
Asbestos was prevalent in many roofing materials, including commonly used brands of:
- Asphalt shingles
- Corrugated roofing
- Roofing felt and roofing tar
- Caulks and sealants
Workers without masks and protective clothing often breathed dust when sawing, cutting and trimming shingles and roof tiles.
Nationwide Representation For Former Roofers Dealing With Mesothelioma
At The Gori Law Firm, our lawyers and staff are committed to helping clients get the medical care they desperately need and the compensation they deserve for being exposed to asbestos by manufacturers and employers.
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