Insulating mix is one of many options when it comes to providing insulation for buildings.  This substance is sold as a dry mixture to which water is added to create a damp, granular material that may then be poured into cavities in walls, floors, or ceilings.  Today, insulating mixes use vermiculite or similar minerals to add heat resistance to the mixture, but for many years, the insulating material of choice for many construction application was asbestos.

This mineral is most dangerous when its fibers become airborne.  Unfortunately, the process of preparing the dry insulating mix often kicks up a significant amount of dust, severely endangering the health of workers who mixed it.  The asbestos fibers are small enough to penetrate paper masks and even some respirator filters, so construction workers who dealt with asbestos-containing insulating mix may be in danger of developing asbestos-related diseases such as lung scarring, asbestosis, or mesothelioma.

Vermiculite is not always a safe material, either, since it can often be found in mineral deposits along with asbestos.  One town where vermiculite was mined for many years — Libby, Montana — has been stricken by hundreds of cases of asbestos-related diseases.  Not all vermiculite is contaminated, but insulation made from material in the Libby mines that was sold under the brand name Zonolite is often unsafe.

Reference:

Mesothelioma Symptoms was founded by a team of advocates to educate people about this aggressive form of cancer. Mesothelioma affects thousands of people each year. We help give hope to those impacted by mesothelioma.

Get Immediate Help

Call Today. Patient Advocates Are Standing By to Help You.

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is a very stressful time. Our patient advocates have over 20 years of successfully guiding mesothelioma patients to access treatment and pursue compensation. Let us help you too.

  • Locate top mesothelioma doctors
  • File your mesothelioma claim
  • Access the latest clinical trials

Our patient advocates are ready to help. Call today at (888) 360-2406.

Connect With a Patient Advocate Now