Working in an oil production facility may carry some inherent risks, which include inhaling toxic fumes and asbestos fibers that are known to cause serious illness and even death. Oil plant workers at the Canton, Ohio and South Point, Ohio Ashland Oil facilities were likely exposed to toxic asbestos materials that have been proven to cause deadly cancers like mesothelioma.
Asbestos was long considered the most effective commercial and industrial insulator because of its resistibility to extreme heat and fire.
In some cases, American oil plants took no precautions to protect workers from the dangers of asbestos. This negligence resulted in generations of oil plant workers developing asbestos-related diseases and other lung conditions.
Nearly any worker in an Ohio chemical plant could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Asbestos attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.
An industry study published in 1994 stated, “exposure to asbestos in oil refineries causes pleural mesothelioma.” The researchers concluded that mesothelioma should be considered an “occupational disease among oil refinery workers” because of the widespread use of asbestos in the industry.
In 2005, another report stated that over 95 percent of the mesothelioma cases of workers were directly linked to asbestos exposure.
Ashland Oil took control of the South Point property in 1979, demolished most of the older structures and built several new plants.
Through a partnership with other corporations, they developed an ethanol processing plant that made alcohol from corn to be used as a gasoline additive under the corporate name South Point Ethanol and continued operations until 1995. The grounds and work sites were thought to have a number of hazardous chemicals and asbestos, possibly endangering workers for many years.
Oil production plants manage large amounts of piping that connect manufacturing and industrial buildings. These pipes, and other equipment such as ovens, tanks, boilers and pumps, contain asbestos.
Asbestos is especially toxic when it is disturbed or naturally deteriorates over time. Anyone working in the area is likely to inhale the fibers, which can get lodged in tissue surrounding the lungs and cause permanent and fatal damage.
• Ashland Oil—South Point, Ohio
• Marathon Refinery—Canton, Ohio
• Sunoco Oil—Toledo, Ohio
• Shell oil—Belpre, Ohio
• BP Amoco—Toledo, Ohio
• Pearl Oil Company—Bowling Green, Ohio
• Gulf Oil Company—Cleves, Ohio
• Clark Refining—Lima, Ohio
• Marathon Ashland Petroleum—Colesville, Ohio
• Sunoco—Haverhill, Ohio
• Gulf Oil Refinery—Hooven, Ohio
• Occidental Petroleum Corp—Kenton, Ohio
Mesothelioma and asbestosis can lay dormant for decades; symptoms may not present themselves until many years after exposure. When they do appear, symptoms could include the following:
• Pain in the chest
• Pain in the lower back
• Trouble breathing
• Excessive sweating
• Weight loss
• Trouble swallowing
America’s Oil companies have a responsibility to provide employees with safe working environments. When they fail to protect workers, they should compensate employees and families for the damage they have caused.
Workers in Canton and South Point, Ohio’s oil plants who have developed health issues may have claims against their former or current employers. Please do not hesitate to seek medical and legal assistance.
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Many experience asbestos exposure through the workplace. Workplaces may have been filled with toxic materials, and employers may have failed to warn of the serious health risks of the job. Filing a suit helps to raise the awareness of job safety.
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.
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 lug cancer and mesothelioma.
Asbestos was widely used in piping, insulation, electrical components, machine parts, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in many building materials.
If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.
Asbestos was cheap, durable, fire-resistant and light, and was though to be the perfect insulating material before research showed it was extremely hazardous tot he health.
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.
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 Cincinnati Asbestos Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 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: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.
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Asbestos can be found in homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military circumstances. According to the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOHS), there are 75 different jobs that can expose workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Approximately 107,000 workers are affected by asbestos each year.
Mesothelioma is a serious illness that has been linked to asbestos exposure in medical literature. It is estimated that there will be 250,000 new cases before 2020 due to the latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos.
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.