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Asbestos in Friable and Non-Friable Forms

A property of asbestos known as friability makes this material particularly hazardous for those who live or work around it. Friability describes the ability to be broken down into smaller and smaller pieces. Eventually, with enough damage, the substance may be reduced to a small, microscopic fiber. When a person inhales these fibers, they can lodge inside their lungs.

Over time, these fibers may lead to several health problems, including a dangerous form of cancer known as mesothelioma. If you have been diagnosed with a lung condition or other health problem due to asbestos exposure, please fill out the contact form on this page for more information regarding your options.

What Is the Difference between Friable and Non-Friable Asbestos?

Friable asbestos has been widely removed from most workers’ daily lives. This is the type of asbestos that, with enough damage, can be crushed down into a dust-like powder made of millions of tiny fibers. Non-friable asbestos, which is more resistant to breaking down, may still find use in some applications. However, this non-friable asbestos can still prove dangerous in some situations. The following issues may lead to the breakdown of asbestos, whether it is friable or non-friable:

  • Humidity
  • Vibrations
  • Water damage
  • High stress or force applied to the material

Non-friable asbestos is not nearly as dangerous as friable asbestos. However, it can still create a very hazardous environment if enough destructive force wears down its surface and releases airborne particles.

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If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another serious lung condition due to asbestos exposure, you may be eligible to pursue legal compensation. To learn more about your legal options, please fill out the contact form at the top of this page.

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