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There are nearly half a million plumbers in the United States. 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). Why is that?  Because both residential and industrial plumbers often used products that contained benzene

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, were often used to loosen connections. Much 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 pumps need to be serviced, 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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