Fireproofing is a process by which a building’s structural steel is coated with a fire resistant material to protect it from high heat temperatures or fire damage. Prior to the late 1970s, asbestos was incorporated into fireproofing material in brands including, Monokote, Blaze Shield, Thermal Acoustic and Cafco. In Upstate New York, asbestos-containing fireproofing material was commonly applied by Mader Plastering and Hudson Plastering. Exposure to asbestos-containing fireproofing can cause mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Fireproof insulation is a mix of asbestos, cement and waste materials from linen mills. This material came packaged in bags, which was then dumped into a machine where it was mixed with water and sprayed onto surfaces with a hose. During the application process, large clouds of dust and fibers were emitted into the air of the buildings where the material was being applied. Carpenters, electricians and plasterers who also worked in the vicinity were likely exposed to asbestos.

After the fireproofing process was completed, other building trades, including carpenters and electricians, routinely disturbed the fireproofing material in order to access a building’s structural components. When asbestos-containing fireproofing material was disturbed, asbestos dust and fibers became airborne, putting these men at increased risk for exposure.

If you or a loved one worked with fireproofing materials and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please contact us for a free and confidential case evaluation.