Three Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2014 | Asbestos |

Many of the mesothelioma victims that Brayton Purcell, LLP works with are exposed to asbestos while on the job. Asbestos, used in many commercial trades for decades, can be found on numerous job sites. Pipefitters, refinery workers, and firefighters are all workers who are especially at risk for asbestos exposure at work. Let’s find out why.


Many pipefitters and steamfitters worked with and in close contact with products containing asbestos.

Some of these products include:

  • Aircell (trade names Asbestocel and Carcycel) – Used to cover air supply ducts
  • Block insulation – Asbestos combined with other materials to form a hard substance
  • Amosite sheeting – Used for pipe insulation
  • Laminated asbestos felt – Also known as asbestos sponge felt
  • Diatomaceous earth combined with asbestos fibers
  • Hydrous calcium silicate – Also known as Calsil
  • Joint/elbow fillers – Also known as insulation cement or insulation mud

Refinery Workers

Oil refineries have extensive arrays of insulated pipes and pressure vessels to transport and contain superheated liquids. For years, asbestos was used to insulate this equipment, and countless oil refinery workers were exposed to this hazardous substance.


Because many buildings constructed between the 1930s and 1970s contain toxic substances such as asbestos, firefighters today risk exposure just as much as the construction workers who built them. When a residential or commercial building catches fire, firefighters must endure the flames as well as the toxic substances released into the air.

Do you work in any of these occupations at risk for asbestos exposure? Whether you are a retired pipefitter or a volunteer firefighter, be sure to alert your doctor to the possibility of asbestos exposure at work. Doing so will ensure they are on the watch for symptoms of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

If you are diagnosed, do not hesitate to take legal action against those responsible for your illness.

Combining the experience of 50 highly skilled lawyers, the dedication of 220 seasoned support personnel and the diligence of an in-house investigative team, the Northern California-based law office of Brayton Purcell, LLP devotes its vast resources to pursuing the best outcome and maximizing compensation for clients from throughout the country. For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer regarding secondhand exposure to asbestos, please contact us