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Canton Diebold Workers: Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

Safe and vault manufacturing companies like Diebold Inc. in Canton, Ohio began using various fireproofing material, including asbestos, in the early twentieth century. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies asbestos as a cancer-causing agent, leading to deadly diseases and cancers like mesothelioma

Early safe and vault catalogs from the 1950s and 1960s from safe companies like Herring Hall Marvin Safe Co., owned by Diebold Inc., clearly state they used asbestos board insulation and asbestos sheet insulation in their fire-rated safes.

It is plausible to be concerned about the possibility of safes containing even a small amount of toxic material. Because of the small, airtight space contained in a safe, asbestos fibers could build up, and get released in a heavy concentration when the safe is opened. This would make it very likely that asbestos fibers were inhaled and ingested by people working with and opening particular safes on a regular basis.

Any person who worked at Diebold, Inc. or regularly operated an asbestos-containing safe could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and Mesothelioma Cancer.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio asbestos lawyer investigating mesothelioma and lung cancer claims for former Canton Diebold workers. The Firm works nationally and accepts cases on full contingency to eliminate the financial risk from the family.  

Diebold Workers Asbestos Exposure

Diebold safes were very popular because they were functional and also beautifully designed and crafted. However, certain models may have contained asbestos in their insulation and doors, endangering anyone who manufactured or owned one.

Studies suggest there is no safe level of exposure; researchers have discovered asbestos-related diseases in individuals with only brief exposures.

Originally founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Diebold Company has manufactured safes and vaults for well over a hundred years, mostly out of their Canton, Ohio facility.

Diebold became a leader in the manufacture of commercial and vaults and personal safes. Diebold expanded its product lines by acquiring other security companies, and also developed products for the U.S. military. The reach of Diebold and their products may have caused asbestos-related illnesses in Diebold workers and consumers across the country.

Asbestos in Safes and Vaults

Asbestos is best known for its thermal insulating properties and fire resistance, which is why it was utilized in the safe and security industry. The wall panels and doors of safes are molded using special concrete mix, some of which contained asbestos in the past.

Despite the decline in use, potential exposure to asbestos is still a threat in older products like safes and vaults. According to recent data from the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), thousands of people in the United States are potentially still in danger of exposure.

American Safe and Vault Companies

•    Social Safe Company
•    Browning
•    Mailink
•    Allied Safe and Vault
•    Hayman Safe Company
•    American Security
•    Schwab Corp.
•    FireKing Security Group
•    Hamilton Safe
•    Herring Hall Marvin Safe Company

Asbestos Cause of Mesothelioma

Workers at Diebold Company in Canton, Ohio and individuals who regularly operated Diebold safes that may have contained asbestos have claims against the company.

Breathing asbestos fibers into the lungs serves as a catalyst for the development of asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Diseases like mesothelioma take many years to develop and victims may not show symptoms of illness for many years after initial exposure.

According to the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, some mesothelioma cases are not diagnosed until more than 30 years after asbestos exposure.


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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.

Questions about Canton Diebold & Asbestos Exposure

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 thought 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 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.

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

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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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