Joint compound is a substance similar to plaster, and it is used to seal seams between sheets of drywall. Joint compound is commonly referred to as mud, and it is manufactured in two forms: dry mix and ready-mix. Prior to the late 1970s, both forms of joint compound could have contained asbestos. In 1977, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of asbestos in joint compound. This asbestos ban did not affect products already on the market, so it is possible that joint compound containing asbestos was used even after the 1977 ban. Numerous companies manufactured asbestos-containing joint compound, and others were responsible for distributing the various brands to stores and suppliers nationwide.
Joint compound manufacturers continued to incorporate asbestos into their products well into the late 1970's, even though they were well aware of the health dangers it posed. These same manufacturers failed to warn that asbestos-containing joint compound products could cause mesothelioma and lung cancer years after the fibers and dust were inhaled.
Joint compound is particularly dangerous in four steps of the drywall finishing process: (1) setup; (2) mixing; (3) sanding; and (4) clean up. If you or a loved one once worked as a drywall taper, drywall finisher, plasterer, carpenter, electrician, plumber, completed home renovations or lived in a home where renovation work was conducted and you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, we urge you to contact Lipsitz & Ponterio regarding your legal rights.