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Both trades install, maintain, and repair complicated piping systems in industrial, commercial, and manufacturing settings. In many instances, the unions for these jobs have even merged. One key difference is that Steamfitters are generally working with gases under higher temperature and pressure. But both professions have a long history of dangerous exposure to Asbestos insulation.

Why use Asbestos Instead of Fiberglass Insulation on Steam Lines?

The simple answer is Asbestos was used on steam lines until 1975 because it is the cheapest and most efficient insulator. Tragically fiberglass insulation was invented in 1938, but until the 1980s, fiberglass cost just a bit more per ton. That small amount of profit they gained was worth the risk of exposing generations of American Pipefitters and Steamfitters.

Most boiler manufacturers also specify that Asbestos pipe insulation is used on their boilers, feed pumps, and supporting steam lines. Because of this, any building built before 1976 contains asbestos steam lines that are still endangering workers today.

How Was the Asbestos Insulation Used?

Steam lines are closed systems that are regulated to operate at precise temperatures and pressures.  The lines are controlled by valves, steam traps, and from the boiler. Everything about pipe fitting is to ensure that things are operating at STP and according to manufacturer specifications. Since 1921, the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessels has required each state to maintain a registry of all boilers and maintenance. If a steampipe system is not adequately insulated and maintained, it can be dangerous.

There are other uses for Asbestos products in the pipe fitters trade. High-pressure lines often used Asbestos-containing gasket material. The gasket is as to be resistant to high temperatures and corrosive proof. Pipefitters also would pack and repack valve stems with rope or coil Asbestos packing. The packing is a woven asbestos product that exposes the worker when it is handled or cut. The worker is exposed again when they remove the packing because it usually has to be picked out little by little, which creates the opportunity to breathe Asbestos dust.

Legal Help For Pipefitters and Steamfitters

Our Mesothelioma attorneys get you compensation not just from your work but from all the Asbestos exposures that happened around you. If you have worked an industrial job site, you know that the immediate danger is not usually from your team. It's from other activities being performed by the workers around you.

Asbestos Exposure Comes From the Entire Jobsite

Pipefitters and Steamfitters are always around Insulators, HVAC workers, Electricians, Ironworkers, and other industrial trades. Pipefitters will get called in to perform their part of the project. Since Asbestos was used in pipe insulation up until 1975 and much of that insulation is still in use today, the potential for exposure to Asbestos dust is everywhere.

Job Sites With Asbestos Exposure

Pipefitters and Steamfitters Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

Our Mesothelioma lawyers can help any Pipefitter or Steamfitter who is diagnosed with Mesothelioma or Asbestos lung cancer. We know your profession, we know the products you used, and who made them.

Our Mesothelioma attorneys will be able to get you monetary compensation from existing companies and bankrupt companies. Flint Law Firm will ensure you have received every benefit from every claim possible.

Many states allow a claim to be brought by the heirs several years after a diagnosis or death related to Asbestos. Only an experienced Asbestos attorney can tell you if you can file and what compensation is available for your family.

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Pipefitters and Steamfitters FAQs

How Do I Know If The Pipes In My Home Are Insulated With Asbestos?

You don't know, and the best bet is to be careful. There are general clues that will help you decide if you need to call a professional, but when in doubt, leave it alone! Asbestos pipe insulation is often white or off-white and is usually wrapped in cloth. Fiberglass is going to be bold colors such as pink, yellow, or green.

If A Family Member Worked As A Pipefitter Or Steamfitter, Could I Be Exposed To Asbestos?

Anyone who lives with a pipefitter or steamfitter is potentially exposed to Asbestos from their work clothing. The barb-like Asbestos fibers attach to uniforms and are released into the home when the clothes are laundered. You should Flint Law Firm a call if you are diagnosed with Mesothelioma or Lung Cancer and did laundry for a pipefitter or steamfitter.

If My Loved One Worked As A Pipefitter And Is Deceased, Can I Still Bring A Claim?

Yes, each state has a legal statute of limitations that governs the time limit you have to file a deceased family member's claim. Only an experienced Mesothelioma attorney can analyze your specific situation. Even if another lawyer has turned you down, please call Flint Law Firm if someone in your family died from Mesothelioma or Lung Cancer.

Adrianne Andrus

Reviewed by:  Adrienne Andrus
Chief Editor of Flint law Firm LLC
Client Advocate & Product Liability Paralegal since 2015.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, SIU Edwardsville

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