The Roofing Industry & Asbestos
For much of the 20th century, asbestos was used to coat roofs for increased durability, and in roofing materials to increase flame and heat resistance. Some roofing materials contained asbestos as late as 2002.
Until the 1980s, asbestos was commonly found in:
- ROOFING FELT
- CAULKING AND ROOFING PUTTIES
- EXTRUSION PANELS
If you worked in the roofing industry at any point from the 1940s, it is likely that you handled material containing asbestos. In fact, your risk of asbestos exposure is extremely high, and you should consult with a New York asbestos attorney about pursuing legal action.
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Once asbestos is cut, scraped, or otherwise agitated, it releases microscopic particles that are easily inhaled. These particles are known to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other deadly illnesses.
Those who have worked with roofing materials containing asbestos face exposure when sawing, nailing, or drilling items for proper installation. Anyone who has worked at replacing older roofing is at risk for exposure as soon as materials are torn up for removal. Protective clothing and masks are uncommon in the roofing industry, further increasing the risk for exposure to this deadly mineral.
SEEK LEGAL COUNSEL AS SOON AS YOU ARE DIAGNOSED
Following asbestos exposure, mesothelioma and asbestosis may take decades to develop. Even if you have not worked in the roofing industry for years, you will want to make a habit of seeing your doctor to detect early signs of these illnesses. If you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, New York asbestos lawyer Joseph Williams is here to help you get every penny you are due.
You can file an asbestos exposure claim years after exposure. Call 855-575-MESO (6376) to find out more.