Risk Factors for Asbestos Exposure for Carpenters

Posted on behalf of Peter T. Nicholl in Mesothelioma & Asbestos Published on May 14, 2019 and updated on March 6, 2022.

carpenter marking woodCarpenters mainly work with wood and finish products, which might make you wonder how they can be exposed to asbestos. While they may not work directly with materials that contain asbestos, they may work next to others who did, which means they could have easily breathed in these fibers.

If you or a loved one has suffered health problems related to asbestos exposure, it is vital to contact the Maryland mesothelioma lawyers at the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl for help with your claim. We can explain the risk factors for exposure and determine your options for pursuing compensation for your damages.

Jobs Done by Carpenters

Many carpenters work in the construction industry and in certain areas where asbestos exposure is common. For example, there could be a high risk of asbestos exposure for:

  • Framers installing wood beams, studs and rafters
  • Finishers who install doors, moldings and windows
  • Formers who build concrete for building foundations
  • Floor layers who install hardwood floors
  • Specialized carpenters who build cabinets
  • General carpenters involved in insulating and roofing

There are certain types of construction where carpenters are more likely to encounter asbestos fibers: industrial, commercial and residential construction. Jobs in these situations could involve developing and constructing family homes, tearing down older buildings and installing sections where asbestos used to be located.

Any carpenter in these situations could come into contact with asbestos fibers or inhale them and not even know it was happening.

Asbestos Exposure Risks for Carpenters

Asbestos exposure risks are higher when using any of the following materials:

  • Any bonding agents, such as adhesives or glues
  • Powders and dust in cement and masonry
  • The liners in cabinets or components in particle board
  • Insulation in any wall, ceiling, floor or electrical grid
  • Fireproof linings, such as those in brick fireplace sections, beams or columns
  • Flooring and roofing materials
  • Plumbing sections and pipes
  • Wallboard materials that include drywall, tape and joint compounds

Carpenters could be exposed to asbestos by breathing it in while working. Something they do could cause fibers to come lose and become airborne. Carpenters can also breathe fibers in later when those fibers fall onto their skin or clothes. Without proper safety precautions and protective clothing, exposure is highly likely in many situations.

Carpenters can suffer exposure to different types of asbestos, including chrysotile, white asbestos fibers, and amphibole. Chrysotile is the most common type, but amphibole is the most dangerous.

Find Out How Our Attorneys Can Assist You

If you or a loved one were in contact with asbestos and developed mesothelioma, feel free to contact the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl for assistance. We have worked with many victims of asbestos exposure and understand how devastating the resulting health problems can be. In a free legal consultation, we will discuss what legal options are available and who is liable for your damages.

Contact us today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation at your convenience. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing unless we are successful in recovering compensation for you.

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