Corrugated Asbestos Sheets
Uses of Corrugated Asbestos Sheets
Corrugated Asbestos Sheets were solid sheets of asbestos material that contained folds or ridges so that they could be fitted around boilers, furnaces, duct work and other industrial equipment. These sheets acted as a type of insulation that offered a great deal of protection. Asbestos is known to be highly resistant to extreme temperatures and even to fire. For decades most anything that produced a lot of heat was wrapped with an asbestos based insulation.
Asbestos used in Insulation Products
Although use of asbestos can actually be traced back to early civilizations, it became popular in Northern America during the Industrial Revolution. It was used in a large number of asbestos jobsites including aluminum plants. In particular, it was used to create all types of insulating products. Not only did it hold up well in the heat, it is also very strong and durable. Not long after large fields of asbestos were discovered, companies began to mine the naturally occurring mineral and use it abundantly. It was inexpensive, easy to find and suited for a large number of uses, so one essential detail about it was overlooked for years: it was also poisonous as it was discovered to be one of the primary causes of mesothelioma.
Dangers of Handling Asbestos Sheets
Asbestos sheets are not harmful as long as they are kept in one solid piece, but as time goes on they may become brittle and start to break apart. As they deteriorate, minute particles of asbestos are released, and these can be inhaled by anyone who gets close. When the particles settle internally, they will remain in place for many years and slowly but surely do great harm. People who are exposed to asbestos become subject to massive tissue scarring, difficulty breathing and even the development of diseases. Mesothelioma is a direct result of asbestos, and it is a cancer that has a very low life expectancy. There is no cure for mesothelioma, so those who develop it have limited options for treatment. In addition, because mesothelioma is rarely diagnosed early on in stage 1 or stage 2, the treatment options that are available will generally not lead to the disease going into mesothelioma remission.
As if the situation wasn't already bad enough, even after asbestos was proven to be dangerous many unscrupulous manufacturers continued to use it without so much as warning their employees about the hazard. Workers would have been able to protect themselves with masks if they had only been aware of the dangers they faced. Instead, more people were exposed and the number of people who were made sick or even lost their lives continued to grow.
Eventually government regulations forced every company to stop using asbestos. Goods that contained the toxic substance were taken out of many homes, offices, schools and churches for disposal by certified professionals who were trained to handle them in a safe manner. Of course there may still be Corrugated Asbestos Sheets in factories, houses and other locations today, and only trained crews should ever be called upon to deal with them.
Corrugated Asbestos Sheets Products Containing Asbestos
The following partial list of corrugated asbestos sheets products were known to contain asbestos:
|Product Name||Start Year||End Year|
|Celotex Carey Thermalite||1906||1937|
|Celotex Vitricel Asbestos Sheets||1941||1960|
|Flintkote Asbestos Cement Sheets|
|GAF Color-Tex Cement Sheets|
|GAF Ruberoid Corrugated Asbestos Cement Sheets|
|GAF Ruberoid Eternit Cement Sheets|
|GAF Ruberoid Utility Corrugated Asbestos Sheets|
|GAF Ruberoid WatcoCell/SuperCell Sheets & Block|
|Garlock Compressed Asbestos Sheet||1907||1980|
|Johns Manville Transite Sheets||1906||1975|
|National Gypsum Gold Bond Corrugated “Economy 250” Asbestos Cement Sheet|
|National Gypsum Gold Bond Thermotec Asbestos Cement Sheets|
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People who were made sick by the corrugated sheets fought back by filing lawsuits against the companies that manufactured the asbestos laden items with the help of mesothelioma attorneys. If you were among those who were affected by this insulation material you may want more mesothelioma information and to learn more about your rights. To find out more, contact us to request an informative brochure. We will send it to you at no charge so that you may better understand what to do if you have been exposed to this toxic material.