Telephone company workers have been exposed to asbestos while performing jobs that required them to be in areas of the telephone company’s central office that contained equipment and materials that contained asbestos.
At telephone exchanges and other areas of central offices, cables, wires, and other products were being cut, stripped, sawed, drilled, or otherwise disturbed, which caused release of asbestos dust into the air. As there is no safe amount of asbestos exposure, telephone workers have developed mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis.
Individuals who worked in telephone company central offices, including telephone exchange equipment, were often exposed to asbestos from asbestos-containing materials and equipment that were being removed, repaired, or installed in the building. For example, asbestos cable bags along with asbestos cable-hole covers (also referred as “Transite” covers), used to fire-stop holes in the floors and walls of the telephone company central offices, which contained telephone exchange equipment, caused telephone workers to be exposed to the cancer-causing asbestos. Similarly, asbestos-containing “ebony” power boards, used at such exchanges and other areas of the central offices, resulted in telephone company workers being exposed to asbestos. Telephone company workers were also exposed to asbestos from working in manholes that housed underground wires and cables. In particular, workers inside the underground manholes pulled wires and cables through asbestos duct pipe resulting in asbestos exposure.
The following is a list of some of the asbestos-containing materials and products that were manufactured and used within the telecommunications industry: asbestos-containing flat resistors, asbestos hook-up wires, asbestos washers, asbestos cable bags, asbestos cable hole covers, asbestos fiber-cement conduit, asbestos gloves, impregnated asbestos composition panels, asbestos “ebony” power boards, asbestos-phenolic molding compounds, asbestos-containing power cables, asbestos braided sleeving, asbestos wiping pads, and asbestos firestop putty.
Levy Konigsberg LLP is a nationally-recognized asbestos litigation firm specializing in the representation of mesothelioma and lung cancer victims for over 30 years, including telephone company workers.
For more information about asbestos exposure at telephone exchanges or other telephone company installations, please contact mesothelioma attorney Amber Long at 1-800-MESO-LAW (1-800-637-6529) or by submitting an online inquiry on this website.
Under the law of most states, pain and suffering from mesothelioma may be compensated through the award of money damages, usually obtained with the help of experienced mesothelioma attorneys. In some states other types of damages may also be recovered.
Asbestos litigation affords mesothelioma victims the opportunity to receive financial compensation and hold accountable the companies that caused their asbestos exposure.
- Preserve your rights to bring a legal action against the responsible parties within the limited time frame allowed by law, known as statute of limitations;
- Obtain maximum compensation in your case by being able to:
- Preserve evidence and establish facts of the asbestos exposure while the claimant is still alive and able to provide information;
- File and resolve a lawsuit against the responsible parties before they file for bankruptcy or, if they already have, to obtain compensation before their bankruptcy trust funds run out of money;
- Expedite your case, as courts tend to give higher priority to mesothelioma lawsuits where the claimant is still alive.