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Occupational Asbestos Exposure for Electricians

For nearly a century, asbestos was used in manufacturing and building materials across many industries because it was inexpensive, lightweight, strong, and heat resistant. Electricians have been at significant risk for asbestos exposure, and this happened frequently when electrical workers removed and displaced thermal insulation on turbines, generators, and boilers; cut, manipulated, and installed insulated cables, wires, conduit, and breaker boxes; and, repaired and maintained electrical motors and switches.

This exposure led to thousands of electricians being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a devastating and incurable disease caused solely by exposure to asbestos. 

At SWMW Law, our award-winning trial team has fought on behalf of countless electricians diagnosed with life-altering illnesses resulting from asbestos exposure on the job. If you or a loved one worked as an electrician and was later diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, we want to help. 

Our Case Results: Electricians

  • $7+ million settlement: Electrician, mesothelioma (IL)
  • $4.7 million settlement: Union electrician, mesothelioma (CA)
  • $3.7 million settlement: Union electrician, mesothelioma (MO, IL)
  • $3 million settlement: Industrial electrician, mesothelioma (TX)

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How Electricians Were Exposed to Asbestos

Electricians faced asbestos exposure in multiple ways and have one of the highest rates of mesothelioma among all craftsmen and construction trades. Industrial jobsites, such as power plants, refineries, and steel mills; residential and commercial buildings; U.S. Navy and maritime vessels; and municipal buildings, for example, utilized asbestos-insulated turbines, generators, cables, wires, breakers, and boxes in their electrical supply systems.

Felted asbestos insulation is commonly found around older wiring and in breaker boxes. Any wiring installation, maintenance, or repair work risked releasing asbestos fibers into the air. Simply accessing electrical wires or equipment often required cutting or drilling through asbestos-insulated walls. Being present on a worksite during any kind of renovation also contributed to an electrician’s risk of asbestos exposure. 

Industrial and commercial electricians often worked in pipe racks alongside asbestos-insulated pipes, resulting in massive exposures to asbestos. Installing, repairing, or maintaining electrical equipment regularly exposed electricians to asbestos on their clothes and in their lungs. 

Tragically, most electricians were never made aware of the dangers of asbestos or the long-term health consequences of exposure. Many spent their entire careers performing work in, and around, buildings that put their health and livelihoods at risk. 

Sources of Asbestos Exposure for Electricians

Electricians faced risk of asbestos exposure through a variety of asbestos-containing products and materials. A partial list of asbestos-containing products reveals how widespread asbestos use and exposure has been for electricians.

  • Turbines
  • Cables and Wires
  • Electric Boards
  • Motors
  • Switches
  • Bakelite
  • Control Panels
  • Generators
  • Cement Pipe Conduit
  • Relays
  • Circuit Boards
  • Breaker Boxes
  • Arc Chutes and Shields
  • Boilers 
  • Heating Units

At highest risk for first-hand asbestos exposure are those who worked directly with or alongside asbestos-containing materials; however, we know today that there is no safe amount of asbestos exposure. Even the smallest amount of exposure increases the chances of developing asbestos-related diseases. 

Studies Show Increased Risks of Mesothelioma, Asbestos-Related Disease Among Electricians

The connection between work in the electrical trade and serious asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma has been established through years of studies and epidemiological reviews. Some examples include:

  • A 2018 study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology that assessed the mesothelioma death rate in high-risk occupations in Britain found that electricians are nearly 16 times more likely to develop mesothelioma than the general population. The study also found that even electricians who began working after 1980 had elevated levels of asbestos fibers in their lungs (known as lung burden). 
  • A 2018 study published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology detailed a variety of asbestos-containing products that electricians were exposed to in the course of their employment. This included wire insulation, circuit board components, motor controllers, and plastic or resin components that contained up to 40% chrysotile asbestos, as well as a litany of other asbestos-containing building materials, such as thermal and acoustic spray insulation, which contained up to 85% amphibole asbestos prior to 1970.
  • A 2017 study from the  CDC that published the rate of mesothelioma mortality by occupation found electricians have an increased likelihood of dying from mesothelioma compared to the general population. 
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Compensation and Justice for Electricians Exposed to Asbestos

Companies have known about the dangers and toxicity of asbestos since the 1930s, and yet they continued to manufacture and distribute hazardous asbestos-containing products, or they failed to appropriately notify people of the risks. 

Holding asbestos companies and their insurers responsible for their negligence and harm can be accomplished with the advocacy of responsible, experienced, and dedicated asbestos lawyers like those with SWMW Law.

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, or another asbestos-related disease after working as an electrician, you may have options to seek compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income and future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional injuries suffered by loved ones
  • Other economic and non-economic losses

At SWMW Law, our legal team has extensive experience representing electricians in legal actions that seek compensation for occupational asbestos exposure. This includes claims seeking compensation from asbestos bankruptcy trusts established by companies that reorganized or went out of business, as well as civil lawsuits against solvent companies that used asbestos and negligently endangered workers.

Because every case is different, the best way to evaluate your available options and the potential value of your case is to have it reviewed personally by an attorney from our firm.

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SWMW Law is a nationally recognized plaintiffs firm known for litigating mesothelioma and asbestos exposure cases on behalf of victims nationwide. Comprised of award-winning attorneys, we have extensive experience representing victims who were diagnosed with devastating health conditions after working in at-risk occupations, like electricians, and have recovered over $750 million in compensation for our clients.

If you have questions about your legal options and how we may be able to help you pursue a claim for compensation, call (855) 744-1922 or contact us online.

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