Lipsitz & Ponterio has represented numerous boilermakers, plumbers and HVAC personnel who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer as a result of their exposure to asbestos-containing materials associated with boilers and furnaces. Up until the late 1970s, numerous residential boilers and furnaces contained asbestos insulation on both interior and exterior surfaces. Asbestos served as an excellent insulation material because of its durability and fire resistant properties. Asbestos insulation also allowed for boilers and furnaces to operate properly. Massive exposure to asbestos occurred when boilermakers, plumbers and/or HVAC personnel installed, maintained and removed residential and commercial boilers and furnaces.
Many companies that manufactured boilers and furnaces required the use of asbestos materials in order to insulate their products and associated pipes or duct work. In fact, some boiler and furnace companies mandated the use of specific asbestos-containing materials to insulate their products in order for the manufacturer’s warranty to remain viable.
Asbestos is generally not dangerous as long as it is properly encapsulated and does not become airborne. Regular maintenance of boilers and furnaces typically emitted asbestos dust and fibers because repairs frequently required disturbance of insulation. After repairs were made, asbestos insulation was reapplied.
In the process of representing boilermakers, plumbers, HVAC personnel and their families, our attorneys have gathered numerous medical and liability documents that could be instrumental in your legal representation. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease as a result of working with or around residential boilers and/or furnaces, contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.