Floor Tile

Prior to 1980, vinyl asbestos floor tiles (VAT) were commonly used as floor covering in both new construction and renovations. Incorporating asbestos into the tiles provided desirable qualities, such as added durability, fire resistance and sound absorption. Asbestos floor tiles were typically manufactured in the size of 9″x9″ and 12″x12″, and Kentile, Armstrong, Flintkote and Amtico were among the more common brands containing asbestos.

Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. During shipment of vinyl asbestos floor tiles, it was common for some of the tiles to crack, which created asbestos-containing dust that contaminated the box of tiles. Removing the tiles from the packaging caused asbestos dust to become airborne, and subsequently inhaled by the worker who performed this task. Installation of vinyl asbestos floor tiles also emitted asbestos-containing dust because the tiles were typically cut to fit in rooms with irregular shapes or obstacles on the floor. After the installation process was complete, the newly finished floor was swept, once again emitting asbestos-containing dust into the breathing area of the workers. Anyone in the vicinity of the installation process was exposed to asbestos and is at risk of developing mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.

If you or a loved one installed vinyl asbestos floor tiles, or worked in the in an industry where you were exposed to vinyl asbestos floor tile and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please contact us for a free and confidential case evaluation.