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Dangerous Asbestos Used in the Manufacturing of Fire Doors

Fire spreads rapidly and kills quickly. Throughout history, measures have been taken to tame fires and save lives. Fire doors are doors that close in the event of a fire, allowing the fire to stay in one section of the building and not spread to adjacent sections. In the first three-quarters of the 20th century, many of these fire doors were made with a durable material called asbestos. At the time, asbestos was inexpensive and the best fire-resistant material available. As such, it was the top choice for fire door manufacturers.

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Today, asbestos is recognized as a dangerous mineral. Since approximately 1980, fire doors have no longer been manufactured using asbestos, and are now often made of a combination of steel and gypsum. Unfortunately, fire doors manufactured using asbestos materials were installed for decades, before most individuals were aware of the dangers they presented, and may still be found in older buildings. While the fire doors remain intact, health concerns are minimal. However, once the doors become damaged due to repeated abuse, or even normal wear and tear, asbestos fibers can be released and inhaled by those in the vicinity. Even though some fire door manufacturers were aware of the dangers of asbestos as early as the 1940s, they continued to produce doors containing the material. This recklessly subjected more individuals to exposure.

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The Results

The manufacturers' cover-up of the asbestos danger resulted in many cases of unnecessary and extreme exposure to the toxic mineral. Those who worked in the manufacturing of the products with asbestos fire doors should have been instructed to wear respirators to filter out dangerous fibers. Instead, they were allowed to work without the benefits of these protective face masks. The result of this negligence is thousands of workers who have developed asbestos-related diseases throughout the years, including malignant mesothelioma - a cancer for which the only known cause is asbestos exposure.

If you or someone you know developed mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos fire doors, it's time to learn about your legal rights. If your exposure was the result of someone else's negligence, you may have the right to monetary compensation.

Manufacturers That May Have Used Asbestos In Fire Doors:

Algoma Hardwoods
Bourne Industries
Chase Doors
Columbus Doors
Curtis Doors
Eggers Hardwood
Marshfield Door Company
Mesker Industries
Mohawk Flush Doors
Morgan Company
Paine Lumber
Poncraft Door Company
Redmond Manufacturing
V.T. Industries
Young Door Company

 

If you or someone you know worked for any of these manufacturers and have developed mesothelioma, please contact us immediately.

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