There are a variety of risks involved in working as an electrician, such a electric shocks, falls and burn injuries. Electricians are also at risk for encountering asbestos, which could result in significant health problems in the future.
Below, our experienced Maryland mesothelioma attorneys discuss common asbestos exposure risks for electricians. If you worked as an electrician and were exposed to asbestos, we may be able to help you seek compensation for your damages. We have secured millions on behalf of victims of asbestos exposure and are prepared to guide you through the legal process at no upfront cost.
There are generally three types of electricians:
They work in homes, apartment blocks and multi-family projects. They typically encounter light voltage.
They work in medium-sized buildings, like businesses, schools and small factories.
They work on much larger buildings. For example, they may install electric wiring and control components in factories, powerhouses and refineries.
There were also many specialized electricians working on car assembly lines, shipyards and aircraft manufacturing.
No matter where they worked, many were at risk for asbestos exposure, as this mineral was used in so many products across many industries for decades.
Some of the more at-risk occupations for electricians include:
Electricians may encounter asbestos-containing products when they perform maintenance on old equipment. For example, wire insulation may contain chrysotile asbestos. According to a 2018 toxicology study, asbestos wires used to be composed of between 75 percent and 85 percent chrysotile asbestos.
Old breaker boxes may also have felted asbestos insulation inside them.
When electricians cut or remove existing asbestos-containing wiring or other materials, asbestos dust could be released into the air. Electricians could easily breathe in these fibers once they get released into the air. Electricians used power tools, and these can grind materials, making materials more friable and more dangerous.
Some of the other asbestos-containing products electricians may encounter include:
Construction sites and other places where electricians do their jobs could also have materials that are contaminated with asbestos. These materials may have nothing to do with an electrician’s work, but electricians encounter them when doing their jobs. For example, the following could contain asbestos:
For many years, electricians even wore clothes that were made with asbestos to help reduce the risk of workers being electrocuted.
Many of the products used by electricians or products that electricians encountered when doing their jobs were made by some of the largest corporations, including:
Our attorneys understand the challenges faced by asbestos victims and their families, as we have helped many people pursue compensation from the parties that allowed asbestos exposure to occur. We have extensive knowledge of these claims and are prepared to handle every step of the process on your behalf.
Our attorneys have secured hundreds of millions from asbestos trusts for large companies like Halliburton, Owens Corning, United States Gypsum and Kaiser Aluminum.
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