Pipe Fitters and Exposure to Asbestos
Pipe fitters who worked between the years 1940-1980 were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis while they were working. Asbestos was used to insulate pipes and to seal materials such as gaskets. Also, pipe fitters would be connecting pipes and worked on equipment that contained asbestos, including turbines, pumps, valves and boilers.
Pipe fitters were very likely to breathe in asbestos dust while they were working with asbestos-containing equipment. Their job involves installing and repair equipment that was made with asbestos, and any cutting of the pipes or working on the pumps or valves would release asbestos dust into the air that pipe fitters would breathe in.
Mesothelioma and Pipe Fitters
There are still a great deal of facilities that have asbestos-containing materials in them. If a pipe fitter does not wear respiratory protection or use ventilation, they are at risk for developing a serious respiratory illness, such as mesothelioma.
Pipe fitters who worked in years past were exposed to asbestos dust constantly while they were working. It can take decades before the symptoms of mesothelioma start to show, so many pipe fitters who inhaled asbestos dust in the 1950s and 1960s may only now be experiencing symptoms.