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The American Tool Works Company, operating out of Hamilton, Ohio, is the successor to Lodge, Davis Machine Tool Company, and a large regional employer and manufacturer of lathes and other heavy industrial equipment.

The American Tool Works company has managed production facilities in Cincinnati and Hamilton, Ohio for many decades, and many of the buildings contained asbestos as an insulator. As a result, many American Tool Works employees were exposed to asbestos, and are at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Some American Tool Works lathes and other equipment manufactured before the 1980s may have contained asbestos materials. Workers and end-users may have risked injury due to asbestos exposure—most injury claims are related to exposures occurring before the 1980s.

Several lawsuits have been filed in recent years against manufacturers of industrial equipment, targeting the companies responsible for endangering the health of workers in Ohio and around the nation.

Former Ohio workers at American Tool Works have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, and other asbestos-related illnesses.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Asbestos Lawyer investigating mesothelioma and lung cancer claims for former American Tool Works workers. 

The Firm is capable of national representation and handles cases on full contingency fee to reduce any financial risk for the clients. 

Asbestos in American Tool Works Factories

Industrial lathes, which rotate a product on its axis so that workers can reach all of its sides, commonly contained asbestos insulation around their friction components. Frequent use of such machines wears down insulation, and loose asbestos fibers become an exposure hazard when workers are not wearing protective clothing and equipment.

Asbestos was also utilized in factories like American Tool Works as heating, boiler and pipe insulation. American Tool Works buildings may have been scattered with deteriorated insulation around the facilities, and provided several asbestos hazards, possibly around the following locations:

•    Lathes and other grinding machines
•    Cement piping
•    Pipe and boiler insulation
•    Spray-applied fireproofing
•    Damaged drywall or plaster
•    Floor tiles or ceiling panels
•    Heating equipment
•    Peeling paint
•    Vinyl tiles and flooring
•    Furnace and radiator insulation


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

American Tool Works Workers at Risk for Mesothelioma

Employees working in buildings lined with asbestos insulation risk developing illnesses related to the asbestos exposure. Heavy asbestos exposure severely endangers a worker, though studies indicate that even a small level of occupational asbestos exposure may lead to cancer.

Factory floor workers constructing lathes and other asbestos-containing equipment are most likely at risk of serious asbestos exposure. Building maintenance crew and machine maintenance crew are also at a heightened risk. Factory machines, including lathes, grinders, and conveyor systems may have contained asbestos insulation, putting hundreds of workers at risk. Some American Tool Works positions considered high-risk:

•    Lathe and drill press operators
•    Grinding operators
•    Maintenance Crews
•    Boiler room workers
•    Insulators
•    Warehouse picking and packing workers
•    Shipping employees

Symptoms of Asbestos-Related Illness

Asbestos-related diseases and cancers may lay dormant for decades, and many workers may not be diagnosed for up to 40 years after initial exposure.
Symptoms of lung diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma may include:

•    Chest Pain
•    Painful cough
•    Fever and fatigue
•    Trouble breathing
•    Trouble swallowing
•    Swelling of the abdomen

Ohio Machine Tool Companies

•    Lodge & Davis Machine Tool
•    Curtis Manufacturing Co.
•    Wyle Laboratories
•    Fischer Industries
•    White Consolidated Industries
•    Bourn & Koch

Industries Served by American Tool Works

•    Architectural
•    Printing Press Manufacturers
•    Aerospace
•    Automotive
•    Paper Mills
•    Food Manufacturer
•    Industrial Manufacturers
•    Defense Contractors
•    Hospitals
•    Energy Equipment Manufacturers
•    Die & Mold Shops

American Tool Works Lawsuits

Former employees at Hamilton, Ohio’s American Tool Works have developed asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related conditions. Because asbestos was used commonly in Ohio factories, many workers have been adversely affected by asbestos-related illnesses, and now require compensation to help pay for past and future medical costs.

Lawyers representing mesothelioma victims claim management knew about possible dangers of asbestos, but continued producing dangerous products because there were no legal consequences at the time.

Questions: Asbestos Exposure & American Tool Works

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was first utilized in the early 1900s for its insulating abilities, fireproof properties, and versatility. It has been estimated that over 30 million tons of asbestos was used in the American economy in industrial yards, homes, schools, shipyards, and other workplaces.

The natural breakdown of asbestos products and subsequent sawing or cutting of the asbestos creates dust and fibers that are inhaled and can lead to mesothelioma and other severe forms of lung cancer.

Why is Asbestos Toxic?

When asbestos breaks down over time or with use, the fibers of the material can become airborne, presenting a risk of inhaling or ingesting the toxin. Asbestos is a cancer-causing agent, and those heavily exposed can develop scarring in the lungs and later develop lung cancer and mesothelioma.

What Materials Contain Asbestos?

Asbestos was widely used in piping, insulation, electrical components, machine parts, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in many building materials.

Can I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.

Why Did Companies Use Asbestos?

Asbestos was cheap, durable, fire-resistant and light, and was though to be the perfect insulating material before research showed it was extremely hazardous to the health.

Is it hard to win an asbestos case?

The success rates of settlements regarding asbestos exposure injury are quite high. It may be necessary to prove that occupational exposure is the primary cause of lung cancer or mesothelioma, though this is the job of The Lyon Firm, and we have experience in reaching large mesothelioma settlements.

Why Hire the Lyon Firm

Our Firm will help you find the answers. The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience: Joe Lyon is an experienced  Asbestos Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 19 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Asbestos lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure asbestos settlements.

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The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.


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