Why Was Asbestos Used in Refractory Cement?
Every type of cement must be tough and durable, but Refractory Cement is specifically designed to be strong, long lasting and able to endure even the highest of temperatures. It is used in areas that are subjected to intense heat and even fire, which is why asbestos was so perfect as the primary ingredient.
The naturally occurring material known as asbestos is a fire retardant material that is found in large deposits. For years, it was mined by the ton and used in hundreds of heavy duty products. It helped to make construction goods such as cement stubbornly hold together even under the most severe circumstances. To put it simply, it takes a lot to crack or break this stuff.
Refractory Cemement becomes Dangerous As It Falls Apart Overtime
Regardless of its great strength, over time even Refractory Cement can start to fall apart. When this does happen, small dust particles of asbestos can escape and get into the air. Instances such as this would allow for unsuspecting people to breathe this dust in, and have it settle inside of their respiratory system. Once there, the dust can cause massive tissue scarring and lead to a respiratory disorder called asbestosis. Conditions can become even worse from there, and affected individuals might even develop a cancerous disease known as mesothelioma. It is incurable and the number of mesothelioma survivors is low. There are different types of malignant mesothelioma including pleural, peritoneal and pericardial, and there are different mesothelioma cell types as well including biphasic mesothelioma, papillary mesothelioma and sarcomatoid mesothelioma.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Our mesothelioma treatment guide offers information about the types of treatment options available to those suffering from the disease. Today, there are many quality mesothelioma clinics that offer both conventional and experimental mesothelioma treatment to patients including photo-dynamic therapy, mesothelioma brachytherapy and immunotherapy.
Decades passed before the general public in America became aware of these dangers. When they did, they reacted by filing personal injury claims against the manufacturers to demand monetary compensation. Another result was that companies stopped using the hazardous mineral entirely. Most did, that is, but others kept quiet about their ongoing usage of the toxic substance. So many people were harmed as a result that the Environmental Protection Agency stepped in and banned asbestos altogether. Manufacturers were finally forced to stop producing dangerous products to save themselves some money.
Wide-spread inclusion of asbestos in commodities like Refractory Cement and hundreds of other items meant that people everywhere were exposed to it. Many people have been afflicted to date, and the numbers may continue to rise, because no one knows how many contaminated products are still out there. Durable cement patches are probably safe for the most part, but if they are broken they could become a threat to anyone nearby.
Refractory Cement Products Containing Asbestos
The following partial list of refractory cement products were known to contain asbestos:
|Product Name||Start Year||End Year|
|A.P. Green Kast-O-Lite Refractory Cement||1956||1972|
|A.P. Green No. 36 Refractory Cement|
|A.P. Green Refractory Cement|
|Babcock & Wilcox Refractory Products|
|Combustion Engineering Block Stick||1963||1972|
|Combustion Engineering Expansion Joint Hat||1963||1966|
|Combustion Engineering Gunisul||1963||1966|
|Combustion Engineering Lite Wate 22||1969||1972|
|Combustion Engineering Lite Wate 50||1969||1972|
|Combustion Engineering Mix A||1963||1972|
|Harbison Walker Metalkase Chromex 8||1964||1970|
|Harbison Walker Micacrete 7/H-W 21-63||1963||1975|
|Johns Manville 319 Semi-Refractory Cement||1925||1969|
|Kaiser Aluminum Plastic K-N Refractory Cement|
|Quigley Insulag Refractory Cement||1935||1974|
|Quigley Insulbox Refractory Cement||1935||1974|
|Quigley Insuline Refractory Cement||1940||1970|
|Quigley Panelag Refractory Cement||1945||1974|
|Quigley Panelbond Refractory Cement||1940||1974|
Have You Been Exposed?
If you were responsible for mixing or installing Refractory Cement, you may have unknowingly inhaled trace amounts of toxins. Check with your doctor to receive a thorough examination, and if you have been afflicted contact us to receive a free brochure on your rights and legal recourses.