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Mastic Adhesives and Asbestos

Mastic is a heavy duty adhesive that was primarily made out of asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral. It was an especially strong glue that could not only hold most any surfaces together, but was also able to survive during intense heat or fire. This was because asbestos is innately fire retardant.

The unique and advantageous traits offered by asbestos made it one of the most sought after resources in America for several decades. Miners dug up massive deposits of it in both dry land and underwater conditions, and sold it to manufacturers all across the nation. The fibrous mineral was used in hundreds of products, and made large sums of money for the companies that produced them.

Dangers of Asbestos

There are no longer any asbestos products made in the United States. Not because we ran out of it, but because scientists discovered it is unsafe. The fibers that make up this mineral can seriously harm, or even kill a human being. This happens when miniscule bits of the material break off, and are released into the air. They have the ability to float, and are often taken internally through the nasal passages of unsuspecting victims. In other words, people can breathe it in without even realizing it.

Once the fibers have been taken internally, they become an extreme health hazard. Some of the damaging things they can do include tissue scarring, lung diseases and a type of cancer called mesothelioma, including pericardial mesothelioma. There is no cure for mesothelioma. There are, however, quality mesothelioma cancer clinics throughout the country with skilled mesothelioma doctors on staff who specialize in advanced treatments like mesothelioma radiation, gene therapy, brachytherapy and immunotherapy. There are also more drugs now available including Alimta®, Onconase and Gemcitabine. Nonetheless, those who suffered because of the contaminated items were soon filing personal injury claims with the help of mesothelioma attorneys, and most of the companies that produced them found alternate ingredients. Others, however, chose not to spend the time and money to change their processes. These manufacturers were aware of the threat, but continued to allow their employees and customers to be put at risk.

Mastic Products Containing Asbestos

The following partial list of mastic products were known to contain asbestos:

Product Name Start Year End Year
Armstrong Mastics 1939 1957
Bondex Bondek Black Mastic
Flintkote BFC Cork-Filled Mastic 60-24 1959
Flintkote Hydrostatic Mastic 1973 1982
Flintkote Semi-Mastic #214
Flintkote Trowell Mastic 1961 1981
Flintkote Unimastic 150
Flintkote Unimastic 152
H.B. Fuller Climastic Mastic, Airless Spray 30-09
H.B. Fuller Climastic Mastic, Airless Spray 30-20
H.B. Fuller Fire Resistive Mastic (60-35), Aluminum 1949
H.B. Fuller Fire Resistive Mastic (60-65), Aluminum 1953
H.B. Fuller Fire Resistive Mastic 60-30 1952
H.B. Fuller Fire Resistive Mastic 60-30H 1959
H.B. Fuller Fire Resistive Mastic 60-60 1956
H.B. Fuller Fire Resistive Mastic 60-60N 1959
H.B. Fuller Sealfas G-P-M Mastic (35-00) 1968
Owens-Corning Fiberglass Type II Mastic

Options if You Were Exposed

Were you involved in the production or application of heavy duty adhesives made with asbestos? Then you may be eligible to join the multitudes of people who have filed lawsuits against the companies that manufactured them. Find our more about your rights and options by reading our informational kit. Request a free copy today for rush delivery.

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