Asbestos in the Textile Industry

Textile-related asbestos exposure cases often fall into one of these two categories:

  • Claims involving woven textiles made of asbestos
  • Textile industry claims involving nonwoven textiles such as polymers and nylon

Fabrics Containing Asbestos

Beginning in the late 1800s, manufacturers began creating textiles that contained asbestos. Manufacturing plants created yarns and fabrics such as combed cotton interwoven with asbestos. These materials were used for fabrication of blankets, tape, welding blinds, gloves and outerwear such as firefighters' pants and jackets.

The Southern Asbestos Manufacturing Company in North Carolina was one example of a company that produced large quantities of fabrics made of asbestos. Asbestos textiles were common from the 1920s on. When research reports were published in the 1930s identifying asbestos as a cause of cancer, industrial decision makers tried to suppress that information to keep it from becoming common knowledge among workers.

Nonwoven Textiles Made in Asbestos-Contaminated Environments

On the other hand, manufacturing processes for production of polymer-based textiles left workers heavily exposed to asbestos. The industry that produced these textiles was equipped with pipes, gaskets, pumps and packing materials, to name a few examples of sources of asbestos exposure for fabricators of nonwoven textiles.

If you have reason to believe that you were exposed to asbestos through the use of asbestos textiles, or in connection with manufacturing of textiles, and now you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our mesothelioma claims law firm.

To Learn More, Contact North Carolina Mesothelioma Lawyers — The Law Offices of Wallace & Graham

Our attorneys represent clients nationwide and overseas in asbestos textile-related claims for compensation. Through a detailed evaluation of your history with sources of asbestos, we may determine that you were likely exposed through frequent contact with a family member's asbestos-laden clothing. Call or email us to schedule a free initial consultation.