Benzene Injury Law

Plumbers & Benzene

As a result of their work with products that contain benzene, plumbers are at an increased risk of developing certain blood and bone cancers including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). We serve plumbers diagnosed with these diseases and file claims against the product manufacturers and landowners who failed to warn and safeguard plumbers from these benzene exposures.

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    Modern residential plumbing in America began with the opening of the Croton Aqueduct in New York in 1842. Once pressurized water was brought to the large mansions of Manhattan, workers were needed to lay pipes and connect toilets, sinks, and showers to the water supply. Boilers and hot water heaters were eventually added to the mix. To make the watertight connections between the pipes and equipment, benzene-containing cements and other sealants were often utilized. 

    How were plumbers exposed to benzene?

    Boilers and hot water heaters do not last forever. When this equipment was changed out, products such as Liquid Wrench, and WD-40 were often used to loosen connections. Most of the Liquid Wrench sold in the US into the late 1970s contained more than 4% benzene. Residential plumbers working in tight spaces with poor ventilation would breathe in benzene vapors and also get the benzene-containing product on their hands and arms. Decades after these benzene exposures, many plumbers have unfortunately been diagnosed with AML, MDS or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


    Commercial and industrial plumbers were also exposed to benzene while using Liquid Wrench and other benzene-containing solvents and cements. When valves get stuck, or packing in pumps need to be replaced, benzene-containing products were used. Unfortunately, both residential and industrial plumbers were not properly warned that the products they used contained an ingredient that causes leukemia.

    Find out if benzene exposures contributed to your illness.

    These cases are difficult to undertake. Our experienced attorneys will perform thorough interviews with claimants and their co-workers to ensure the right defendants are identified. We work with highly qualified experts to help prove that the plumber’s benzene exposures caused his or her leukemia. If you or a loved one worked as a plumber and have been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndrome or another blood or bone marrow cancer, call 1-800-BENZENE and speak with a benzene lawyer today. All consultations are free.

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    Helper/rigger/leadman on barges diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia via benzene exposure. Plaintiff exposed to benzene via solvents used to clean tools. Employer provided the solvents. Older versions of Liquid Wrench contained high mixtures of benzene.



    Gasoline tanker truck driver diagnosed with blood cancer following years of benzene exposure at defendant’s premises. Benzene was component of the fuel that he was loading and hauling.



    Plaintiff had a 39-year career with Sabine Towing. Throughout his career, plaintiff held various positions, including seaman, quartermaster, boatswain, third mate, second mate, chief mate and master..



    Able-bodied seaman diagnosed with kidney cancer as a result of exposure to benzene and other hydrocarbons while loading and discharging crude oil and other products, cleaning tanks and measuring tank levels.



    In his 30s at the time, decedent was a contracted tanker truck driver who regularly transported toxic products. As a result, he was regularly exposed to chemicals containing benzene.



    Plaintiff’s decedent had worked as a pump man aboard various tankers in the early 1970s and early 1980s where he was exposed to benzene. In 1994, about 15 years since his last exposure to benzene, the decedent was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).

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