Lumber industry giant Weyerhaeuser incorporated in 1900 and headquartered in Tacoma, Washington. In 1957 the expanded company built and moved into a new building, where workers may have been exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos was a common construction material prior to the late 1970s. It proved to be inexpensive, with excellent insulating and fire-retarding properties. It was frequently found in in ceiling and floor tiles, pipe insulation, industrial adhesives, and a wide variety of other applications.
Unfortunately, it was also very dangerous when accidentally inhaled. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer with a poor prognosis associated with it.
Workers in Tacoma’s Weyerhaeuser Building might have been exposed to asbestos as the building was built and maintained. But often the workers were required to travel to mills and production plants where asbestos fibers in the air were plentiful.
The Weyerhaeuser building was built in 1957, at a time when the use of asbestos was widespread. Those who worked on and occupied the building might have been put at risk of asbestos exposure.
In 1971 the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) first began to regulate asbestos exposure limits in the workplace. But even after regulations were put in place, many mills and industries put workers at risk.
And Weyerhaeuser was one of them. One former Weyerhaeuser worker recalls working at a mill as clouds of asbestos dust billowed from pipes being replaced. He was not provided adequate safety equipment and later was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Companies like Weyerhaeuser need to be held accountable for their actions and are legally liable for subjecting workers to substances like asbestos when they were aware of their dangers and OSHA standards intended to protect workers.
The legal firm Bergman Draper Oslund has represented workers exposed to the dangers of asbestos. If you or someone you love worked for Weyerhaeuser and have suffered due to mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation.
Weyerhauser Building Tacoma asbestos exposure could have damaged your health and prospects. Let the team at Bergman Draper Oslund help you get your rightful compensation! Contact today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.