Mesothelioma-linked materials are often products that contain asbestos. Asbestos was, prior 1978, a frequently used material in the industries of shipbuilding and construction. Asbestos contained a number of properties that made it highly valued in a variety of applications in these two industries, some of which include excellent fire resistance and insulation properties. Mining this valued mineral turned into a lucrative business for a number of employers the world over. Unfortunately, asbestos also happens to be a primary cause of mesothelioma, which means exposure to this mineral has shortened lives all over the world.
Mesothelioma-linked materials include:
- Roofing and siding items, some of which include roofing tiles, shingles for roofing and siding, and clapboard. All of these materials were, on occasion, made with an asbestos known as chrysotile or “white asbestos.”
- Flooring, ceilings, and walls, onto which asbestos were frequently sprayed or troweled. This coating might have been used to exploit the fire retardant capabilities of asbestos; however, its use proved to have devastating consequences, as this form of asbestos application in construction is considered to be particularly fraught with danger. In flooring tiles, asbestos was often used in tandem with vinyl or asphalt.
- Pipes and boilers, onto which asbestos was often applied to improve insulation around these heat sources. This application often led to improved heating efficiency. Unfortunately, it also ran the real risk of exposing the people working with the pipes and boilers, along with the people using these items, to dangerous asbestos fibers.
Other mesothelioma-linked materials include protective clothing, blankets, and cloth (for the fire-resistant properties of asbestos), insulation for welded products, and an asbestos-cement mixture, which made the resultant concrete less dense and stronger. This particular application made the concrete easier to transport, which cut down on construction costs. Unfortunately, it may have also exposed people to mesothelioma-causing asbestos.