Before closing in 1970 due to tough economic conditions, Alpha Portland Cement Company employed hundreds of workers in Ironton, Ohio. The plant consisted of several buildings on a property of over 100 acres.
When the buildings were recently demolished, they were targets of asbestos abatement, as it was well known that the company used asbestos not only in the products they manufactured and distributed, but in the buildings themselves.
In recent years, former employees of Alpha Portland Cement have developed asbestos-related diseases and died of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other serious illnesses. Medical research has shown that exposure to dust and fibers emitted from asbestos-containing materials can cause Mesothelioma Cancer.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Asbestos Lawyer investigating mesothelioma and lung cancer claims for former Alpha Portland Cement workers. The Firm has 17 years of experience litigating complex matters and represents clients nationwide offering contingency fees to eliminate any financial risk for our clients.
Alpha Cement plant workers were responsible for mixing, forming and distributing a number of cement products that often included asbestos. Although the products were roughly 90 percent cement and 10 percent asbestos, it was enough to make the mix dangerous. The final mixture could be made into flat or corrugated sheets used for roofing slates, tiles, vents, gutters, or pressure pipes.
Asbestos was added to make the cement stronger, though as a significant cost, the cement plant workers came home each day with the fibers on their clothes and skin, exposing their families to the same dangers they faced throughout the workday.
Workers at Alpha Portland Cement used pumps and valves in order to shift the flow of concrete from one tank to another. Asbestos-containing packing material was used in Alpha Portland Cement pumps and valves to prevent leaks.
Asbestos-containing gaskets were also utilized at Alpha Portland Cement in order to ensure a tight seal between pipe flanges, pumps, valves and other equipment within the cement pumping system. Due to frequent wear, workers at Alpha Portland Cement regularly replaced gaskets during Maintenance Crews. When a gasket was replaced it caused asbestos dust to become airborne.
Risk of asbestos exposure was almost certain in an asbestos cement factory. One of the most serious risks was opening bags of the raw materials by hand without respiratory protection. Removing and applying packing material emitted asbestos dust and fibers into the air which workers inhaled. Stacking asbestos cement sheet products, which added to the toxic dust into the air, was also a common issue.
Another other part of the plant process that led to large amounts of hazardous dust in the air was transferring products to the shipping department. Asbestos cement products were placed in elevators and conveyors, and the fiber materials could easily circulate throughout the plant. Other Ohio cement plants that may have exposed workers to asbestos include:
Signs and symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses such as asbestosis and cancers vary depending on where the cancer occurs. Mesothelioma, which affects the tissue surrounding the lungs, causes symptoms that may include:
Mesothelioma may lay dormant for many years, even decades, but once discovered it has usually progressed into a terminal condition.
The legal system holds companies responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for workers. When this responsibility is not met, these corporations and their remaining parent companies should compensate the victims of unsafe workplaces.
Plaintiffs and attorneys contend that asbestos cement manufacturers knew about the potential health dangers of their products and failed to warn their end users and employees.
Ohio cement plants, including Alpha Portland, Southwestern Portland Cement Company, Universal Atlas Cement, and Lehigh Portland Cement Company have been targets of asbestos litigation for exposing workers to toxic materials.
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