Patching Plaster Asbestos
Asbestos is considered as a material that has been part of a wide range of building products because it is abundantly available, it is flexible, strong, lowly priced and has insulating qualities. But by the latter half of the 1970s, the US government had banned the use of asbestos as an addition to softer materials like acoustic plaster and pipe insulation.
However, even as on date, asbestos is still being added to several products by encapsulating or else binding the fibers like in cement pipe, asphalt roofing and vinyl floor tile. In spite of the fact that production in the U.S. has come down, ores bearing asbestos are found all over the world and many countries like Brazil and Canada continue be the principal producers and exporters of products made from asbestos.
Old plaster used in buildings could contain asbestos. It increases the workability and strength of the plaster. It became very popular as a truly “wonder material” during the years of 1920’s and beyond the end of the World War 2. Therefore the age of the house is an indication of the risk factor due to possible presence of asbestos.
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that is both fire-resistant as well as strong. It was used earlier as an insulator of noise, heat or both and for protection against fire. Besides functioning as an insulator asbestos was also used very often by inserting it into plaster and cement to give both these materials higher structural strength. Plaster as a patching material has been widely used for its capacity to seal gaps and holes that are detected in walls and ceilings. One component present in patching plaster responsible for its effectiveness was asbestos. Being a material that is light weighted, fire-resistant, long-lasting, and economically priced, asbestos was accepted by several industries.
The negative side
In spite of having a mass appeal, asbestos turned out to be a highly toxic material as well. As a result, it led to the spread of asbestosis and also a fatal type of cancer of the lung identified as mesothelioma. If you have a suspicion that you’ve been subjected to the exposure to asbestos in the patching plaster, you must immediately get in touch with your doctor for a test must be done for mesothelioma. You can consider yourself to be lucky if you have no mesothelioma in your system. On the contrary, if it is found that you have mesothelioma, the next thing you do is contact your mesothelioma attorney so that you can fight for whatever legal rights are available to you. You are eligible for compensation in case of the carelessness on the part of your former employer. The compensation covers lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses related to mesothelioma.