Electricians Exposed to Asbestos

Bergman Oslund Udo Little’s asbestos exposure lawyers represent Oregon and Washington electricians in asbestos litigation. Since 1998, we’ve helped hundreds of mesothelioma victims recover over $1 billion in compensation. Electrician asbestos exposure is quite common because many materials used in electrical wiring, cable boxes, and construction sites contain asbestos. Over the long term, electricians may develop asbestos-related illnesses, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.

NAVIGATE THIS PAGE
banner
    Add a header to begin generating the table of contents

    Many people may think of electricians working on the wiring in their home, ensuring that their appliances have power and that the wiring is safe. However, electrical workers also work in various industrial settings. For example, electrical workers at Columbia River or Puget Sound shipyards install, repair, and replace shipboard electrical systems to ensure these vessels function correctly. They may manage the wiring in production facilities that allow those factories to operate. Thus, electricians and electrical workers are critical to nearly every aspect of our lives. 

    Electricians and other electrical workers in our area are often part of a labor union like the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Local chapters of this union include IBEW Local 46, IBEW Local 483, and IBEW Local 191.

    Asbestos Exposure in the Electrical Industry

    Electricians are responsible for keeping the lights on and power systems functioning in homes, businesses, manufacturing centers, shipyards, warehouses, and many other locations. Any site that uses electrical power for heating, cooling, lights, machinery, equipment, and appliances requires assistance from an electrician, who installs and maintains the wiring to keep things running.  

    However, many of the products used in electrical wires contain asbestos. Wiring in the walls of old buildings and homes may be surrounded by asbestos insulation. Materials used to build and maintain commercial, Navy, and Coast Guard ships may also have asbestos. Electrical components, especially in high-voltage applications, often contained asbestos as an ingredient in phenolics and other resins. Thus, electricians rank among the occupations with the highest risk of asbestos exposure. No electrician is 100 percent safe from asbestos since the material was so prevalent until the 1980s. However, even today, some products and materials still contain asbestos, and electricians working on older buildings and equipment may come into contact with asbestos at their job site

    Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance, but it is toxic to individuals who inhale it. Since asbestos fibers are nearly invisible and don’t have a taste or smell, electricians may not realize they’re breathing it. They may also carry asbestos fibers on their clothing, potentially exposing family members and friends to the substance.

    Common Electric Products Containing Asbestos
    cross section of electrical components containing asbestos

    There are numerous asbestos-containing products that electricians use or work around, including the following:

    An electrician’s work often occurs at construction sites, which may have asbestos materials. Some examples of building materials that may contain asbestos include the following: 

    Companies That Produced Asbestos-Containing Materials

    Some of the companies that manufactured and distributed asbestos-containing products commonly used by electricians and other trades workers include the following: 

    This list is only a small sample of organizations that made electrical products, sealants, boilers, insulation, and other products containing asbestos. Hundreds of other manufacturers distributed asbestos-containing items throughout Washington and Oregon. 

    Lawsuits and Settlements Involving Electricians and Mesothelioma

    For more than 30 years, the attorneys at Bergman Oslund Udo Little have fought for justice on behalf of mesothelioma victims, many of whom work in high-risk occupations as electricians. Our Washington and Oregon asbestos attorneys have a substantial track record of success, obtaining over $1 billion in recoveries for our clients. Some of our most significant settlements and verdicts include the following:

    Our compassionate representation has won praise from those we have represented. Read what our clients have said about their experience with us.

    Mesothelioma Attorneys for Electricians & Their Families

    If you or a loved one has an illness caused by asbestos exposure, it’s crucial to seek an attorney’s advice. Our Oregon mesothelioma lawyers and Washington mesothelioma lawyers can evaluate your case and help you seek compensation for health care, reduced quality of life, and pain and suffering. There are many avenues to recovering the damages you deserve, and we’ll identify them and fight to hold the appropriate parties accountable for your disease.  

    Contact Bergman Oslund Udo Little today for a free mesothelioma case review.   

    NAVIGATE THIS PAGE
    banner
      Add a header to begin generating the table of contents
      OUR OFFICE LOCATIONS
      banner
      Seattle Office
      520 Pike St. #1125
      Seattle, WA 98101
      206-957-9510
      Portland Office
      1355 NW Everett St.
      Suite 100
      Portland, OR 97204
      503-447-6230
      VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS
      banner
      $13 Million
      VERDICT FOR A VICTIM OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
      $11.2 Million
      TO A MAN DIAGNOSED WITH MESOTHELIOMA AT AGE 75
      $10 Million
      VERDICT FOR A 79-YEAR OLD MESOTHELIOMA VICTIM AND HIS WIFE
      $8.3 Million
      TO A MAN DIAGNOSED WITH MESOTHELIOMA AT THE AGE OF 79
      $6.8 Million
      TO A WOMAN DIAGNOSED WITH MESOTHELIOMA AT AGE 37
      $6.3 Million
      TO A MAN DIAGNOSED WITH MESOTHELIOMA AT AGE 61
      Contact The Firm

      Representing Asbestos and Mesothelioma Clients Throughout the Northwest.

      520 Pike St.
      #1125
      Seattle, WA 98101

      1355 NW Everett St.
      Suite 100
      Portland, OR 97204

      Scroll to Top