Until 1978, products used in applying drywall, such as joint compounds, spackling compounds, wall texture, and acoustical ceiling spray and plaster, contained asbestos. As a result, many construction workers were exposed to this harmful substance.
Because there generally is a period of 10 to 50 years before an asbestos victim exhibits the first clinical asbestos disease symptoms, the threat to the health of plasterers, painters and drywallers continues long after they have retired or changed occupations.
If you worked as a drywaller, painter, plasterer or laborer, and you suffer from mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible for compensation. You should speak with a lawyer who is experienced in asbestos exposure for drywall installers concerning your rights.
Mesothelioma And Drywall Tapers
Asbestos is also contained in some drywall tape, plaster and joint and taping compounds. Acoustical ceilings are another source of asbestos found in residential homes. These drywall accessory materials caused multiple exposures everytime they were mixed, applied, sanded and even cleaned-up.
Unfortunately, exposure to these harmful asbestos fibers was not limited to the workers themselves. Many others received secondhand exposure to asbestos through contact with someone who unknowingly brought asbestos fibers home on his or her clothing, hair or body.
Drywall repair continues to present potential hazards, especially if the drywall was installed prior to the 1980s. Those working on old buildings should be especially careful about wearing proper protection when ripping out or sawing through old drywall asbestos products.