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Individuals that worked for Ohio casting companies may have been exposed to asbestos at the workplace. Over 3,000 products in the U.S. are known to have contained asbestos, many of which are still installed on structures throughout Ohio and nationwide.

Workers at Ohio casting companies who engaged in installing, repairing and replacing asbestos casting products risk developing lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, adenocarcinoma and pulmonary fibrosis.

Because asbestos was used so heavily in Ohio industry, companies have set up asbestos trust funds for individuals and families of former workers.

Asbestos Trust Funds have paid out billions to tens of thousands of asbestos claimants.

Asbestos castings and other asbestos products were used in the construction of industrial plants, factories, oil refineries, steel mills, and shipyards. Workers were exposed to asbestos products frequently when handling flooring, wiring, drywall, paints, metals, adhesives, piping and heating systems.

Asbestos castings were common in many facilities. The EPA labeled the former Ohio Cast Products facility as a Superfund site, noting that former employees at Ohio Cast Products may have been exposed to asbestos. Other potentially toxic worksites include the following:

  • A S Castenger Painting & Decorating Co. Toledo, OH
  • Accro Cast Corp. – OH
  • Aluminum Cast – Cleveland, OH
  • Amcast Industrial Corp. Ironton, OH
  • American Malleable Casting Co. Marion, OH
  • American Steel Casting Foundries Co. Alliance, OH
  • Armco Steel Continuous Casting Middletown, OH
  • Bescast Inc. Willoughby, OH
  • Buckeye Steel Castings Co. Columbus, OH
  • Canton Casting Canton, OH
  • Cast Alloy Brook Park, OH
  • Centrifugal Castings Ravenna, OH
  • Cleveland Castings – Kinsman, OH
  • Conneaut Die Casting Conneaut, OH
  • Dayton Malleable
  • Iron Amcast Ironton, OH
  • Doehler Jarvis Castings – 1945 Smead Avenue Toledo, OH
  • Escast Waterville, OH
  • Fisher Body & Casting Coit Rd Plant Cleveland, OH
  • Ford Cleveland Casting Plant – Brook Park, OH
  • Ford Engine Casting Plant Sheffield, AL
  • Ford Michigan Casting Center
  • Ford Motor Co. Casting Center Flat Rock, MI
  • Forecast Inc. Kirkwood, MO
  • Fort Pitt Steel Casting Mckeesport, PA
  • General Castings Co. Delaware, OH
  • General Castings Co. Waukesha, WI
  • General Die Casting Co – MO
  • General Motors Corp. Fabricast Div – AR
  • General Motors Fabricast Div.
  • General Steel Cast Co. Granite City, IL
  • General Steel Castings Avanmore, PA
  • Gerity Michigan Die Cast Co.
  • Gibbs Die Casting Henderson, KY
  • Glassmere Casting Co. – Creighton, PA
  • Great Lakes Castings
  • Hamlin Casting Corp. Edwardsville, IL
  • Harcast Corp. Glenolden, PA
  • Harding Mall, CAstner- Knott Store Nashville, TN
  • Harrison Steel Casting Co. Attica, IN
  • Heick Die Casting Corp. Chicago, IL
  • Helfrich Die Cast North Canton, OH
  • Howmet Whitehall Casting
  • Hudson Die Cast Co. Hudson, MI
  • Ideal Castings Albion, MI
  • Industrial Castings Cicero, IL
  • Industrial Die Casting Co. Chicago, IL
  • Industrial Tool Die Casting Co. El Dorado, AR
  • Ingenio Castilla Cali, CO
  • Ingenio Rio Castilla Valle, CO
  • Inumet Steel Castings Hammond, IN
  • Investment Casting Waterville, OH
  • Kent Castings Co – MI
  • Kent Die Cast & Plant
  • Keokuk Steel Castings Co. Keokuk, LA
  • Key Casting – MI
  • Kohlman Diecasting Co. Kansas City, MO
  • Kokomo Casting Plant Kokomo, IN
  • Kovatch Castings Akron, OH
  • Kuhlman Diecasting Co. Kansas City, MO
  • Lakeside Malleable Castings Co. Racine, WI
  • Larson Castings Grafton, OH
  • Latrobe Die Casting – Latrobe, PA
  • Leeds Bagwell Electric Steel Castings, AL
  • Litecast Castable Co.
  • LiteMetal Dicast Jackson, MI
  • Los Angeles Steel Casting Los Angeles, CA
  • Maine Maritime Academy Castine, ME
  • Malleable Casting Companies
  • Massillon Steel Casting – Massillon, OH
  • Master Cast Co. Howell, MI
  • Maynard Elec Steel Cast Milwaukee, WI
  • Mclouth Steel Continuous Casting
  • McWane Cast Iron Pipe – Birmingham, AL
  • Metal Cast Iron Companies
  • Microcast Receiving Co.
  • Mid-State Die Casting Grand Rapids, MI
  • Midwest Pressure Casting Chicago, IL
  • Milwaukee Die Casting Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis Electric Steel Casting – MN
  • Moldcast Products Co. Newark, NJ
  • Monroe City Diecasting Monroe City, MO
  • Monroe Steel Casting
  • Monroeville Gate Precast Coal
  • Motor Castings Co. Milwaukee, WI
  • Mountain State Steel Castings Foundry Parkersburg, WV
  • Vernon Die Casting Corp. Mt Vernon, NY
  • Nail Castings Co. Nashville, TN
  • NARCO Cast Refractory Cement Co.
  • National Casting Co. Cleveland, OH
  • National Casting Co. Melrose Park, IL
  • National Casting Foundry Chicago, IN
  • National Maleable Casting Co. Indianapolis, IN
  • National Malleable Castings Co. Chicago, IL
  • National Malleable Castings Co. Melrose Park, IL
  • National Malleable Castings Co. Toledo, OH
  • Natl Cast Co. Div Midland Ross Cicero 50, IL
  • Natl Malleable Casting Co.
  • New England Alloy Casting Corp. Hartford, CT
  • Oil Casting Plant
  • Oklahoma Steel Castings C Tulsa, OK
  • Omni- Metal Castings, Inc. Brooklyn, NY
  • H. B. Die Castings Beaufort, SC
  • Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Provo, UT
  • Pacific Steel Casting Corp.
  • Paradie Casting Co.
  • Paragon Die Casting Co. Chicago, IL
  • Paramount Die Casting Div St Joseph, MI
  • Paramount Diecasting Seymour, IN
  • Paramount Oil Casting St Joseph, MI
  • Pelton Casting Co. Milwaukee, WI
  • Peoria Mall Castings Co. Peoria, IL
  • Perma Cast Co. Pueblo, CO
  • Perma Cast Gardena, CA
  • Permanent Castings Hot Springs, AR
  • Piedmont Die Casting Co. Pickens, SC
  • Pilton Steel Casting Milwaukee, WI
  • Pittsburgh Die Casting Co. Swissvale, PA
  • Pittsburgh Steel Casting Co. Pittsburgh, PA
  • Plainvillle Casting Co. Plainville, CT
  • Plaster Process Castings – Cleveland, OH
  • Precast Concrete Products Birmingham, AL
  • Precast Plant – Cleveland, OH
  • Precision Cast Parts Portland, OR
  • Precision Casting Cleveland, OH
  • Precision Castings Fayetteville, NY
  • Pressure Cast Products Co. Birmingham, AL
  • Pressure Cast Products Oakland, CA
  • Quad City Die Casting Co. Moline, IL
  • QuAlco Castings Corp. Acworth, GA
  • Quality Casting – Orville, OH
  • Quality Electric Steel Casting Plant Houston, TX
  • Quality Steel Castings
  • Ravenna Castings Ravenna, OH
  • Reading Gray Iron Casting, Inc. Reading, PA
  • Refractory Castable Cement Co.
  • K. S. Die Casting Berkeley, CA
  • Saginaw Metal Cast Iron Saginaw, MI
  • Santa Rosa Cast Products – CA
  • Scientific Cast Producers Cleveland, OH
  • Scope Precision Castings Norwalk, CT
  • Semisteel Casting Co. St. Louis, MO
  • Shelby Die Casting Co. – Shelby, MS
  • Shell Casting Corp. Sylacauga, AL
  • Shell Gas Station Castaic, CA
  • Shenango Casting – Penn Mold – Dover, OH
  • Sims Casting Plant Syracuse, NY
  • Sivyer Steel Casting Co. Bettendorf, LA
  • Skrl Die Casting Inc. East Lake, OH
  • SKS Die Casting – CA
  • Smith Cast Iron Boilers
  • Smith Steel Castings Co. Marshall, TX
  • Smp Castings Wickliffe, OH
  • Soundcast Foundry Co. Alhambra, CA
  • Louis Die Casting Corp. Ripley, PA
  • Louis Diecasting Corp. Keokuk, LA
  • Louis Diecasting Corp. St. Louis, MO
  • Louis Malleable Casting Co. – MO
  • State Steel Castings Foundry – Parkersburg, WV
  • Steel Casting Co. Vernon, CA
  • Sterling Casting Corp. Bluffton, IN
  • Sterling Steel Casting E St. Louis, MO
  • Sterling Steel Castings Co. Monsanto, IL
  • Superior Cast Cleveland, OH
  • Superior Castings Corps Norwalk, CT
  • Superior Electrocast Foundry San Francisco, CA
  • Technacast – Massillon, OH
  • Teledyne Cast Products, Picco Div. Industry, CA
  • Teledyne Casting Service La Porte, IN
  • Teledyne Industrial Die Cast – IL
  • Tennessee Castings Co. Dickson, TN
  • Tennessee Diecasting Corp. Ripley, TN
  • Texaco Inc. Castaic, CA
  • Texas Centrifugal Casting Temple, TX
  • Texas Electric Steel Cast Houston, TX
  • Texas Metal Casting Inc. Lufkin, TX
  • The Alloy Cast Steel Co. Marion, OH
  • Toledo Steel Casting Co. Toledo, OH
  • Tool Casting Companies
  • Trap Valve Station Cast Iron
  • Trojan Aircraft Castings – CA
  • Truline Aluminum Casting Co. Cleveland, OH
  • S. Cast Iron Pipe & Laundry Co. Addyston, OH
  • Union Oil Co. Casting Anchorage, AK
  • Union Steel Casting Pittsburgh, PA
  • Unitcast Corp. Toledo, OH


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The Mechanics of Asbestos Exposure

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. Unlike some other ingested toxins which may be flushed from the body over time, asbestos fibers usually remain embedded in the lungs. 

When asbestos fibers are released into the air, they can be trapped in the lungs and cause scarring and inflammation. 

Secondary exposure is also possible through fibers traveling on a family members clothing. Due to health concerns, all new uses of asbestos were banned in July 1989. Examples of Asbestos related illness include:

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Identify Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Common Areas of Asbestos Exposure

Most deaths from malignant mesothelioma in the United States are the result of exposures to asbestos decades prior. However, the continuing occurrence of mesothelioma deaths among persons under the age of 55 suggests ongoing occupational and environmental exposures to asbestos fibers. 

Asbestos can be found in factories, homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military bases. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there are 75 different jobs that could have exposed workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Thousands of American workers are still exposed to asbestos each year. 

Our Firm can help you identify the exposure sources and then initiate the proper claims so that will provide the security you and your family require.


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Asbestos Exposure Questions

How Does Asbestos Exposure Occur?

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.

Who was most at risk for exposure?

How were Steel Workers Exposed to Asbestos?

Steel and Metal Workers at Risk of Exposure

According to a series of medical studies, workers in the metals and steel industry are at an increased risk for developing asbestos-related diseases. Workers that regularly inhale asbestos fibers may eventually develop severe scarring of the lungs, and fatal diseases like asbestosis or mesothelioma.

Even family members of steel factory workers are at risk of potential second-hand exposure. Asbestos fibers may be brought home on the clothes or skin of an employee.

Health issues related to asbestos exposure often develop many years after exposure, so former steel plant workers should monitor their health for signs of an asbestos-related lung disease. About 3,000 U.S. citizens will be diagnosed with mesothelioma this year.

As a result of widespread occupational exposure to toxic substances like asbestos, many former workers in Ohio are filing lawsuits to help compensate for their debilitating, and deadly illnesses.

For a typical steel mill worker, direct handling of machinery, equipment and material in steel plants expose them to large amounts the toxic materials on a daily basis.

It is estimated that asbestos was added to more than 3,000 construction products, many used in the steel industry. Employees who worked in high-temperature settings wore asbestos coats and leggings during certain production processes. Clothing such as gloves, aprons, coveralls and facemasks contained asbestos materials.

From the 1940s through the end of the 1970s, steel mills also commonly used asbestos as an insulation material. Steel mills in Ohio were constructed with toxic materials in refractory bricks, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, and liner boards. Asbestos blankets, used for covering ladles, were often strewn about carelessly on the plant floors.

Asbestos was used to insulate equipment, which included the following:

  • Ovens
  • Hot blast stoves
  • Furnaces
  • Rolling mills
  • Tanks
  • Boilers
  • Cranes
  • Molding boards
  • Steam Pipes
  • Generators
What are some other Areas of Occupational Exposure?

Occupational Asbestos Exposure

The following tasks are associated with possible high asbestos exposure:

  • Installing framework in factory construction projects
  • Inspecting factory equipment
  • Masonry work
  • Machining
  • Assembling and repairing boilers and plate work
  • Operating plant machines and cranes
  • Welding
  • Tending to stoves or furnaces
  • Applying metal lath
  • Laying heating and ventilating pipes
  • Forging and heat-treating steel products and tools
  • Insulating various types of pipe systems
  • Installing acoustic tiles
  • Smelting and pouring materials at high temperatures
  • Plastering and sanding surface finishes
  • Working in an enclosed space with asbestos products (shingles and tiles, etc.)
What are Some Examples of Settlements in Asbestos Exposure Cases?
  • In 2010, a painter in Texas who developed mesothelioma after spending much of his life working with texturized top coats and fillers sued a number of asbestos product manufacturers. A jury awarded him an $11 million verdict.
  • In 2005, a San Francisco jury awarded a sheet metal worker nearly $2 million dollars after he developed mesothelioma from working with duct connectors and duct sealers, which contained asbestos.
  • Owens Corning Fiberglass Corporation was found negligent and a jury awarded one victim of mesothelioma a verdict of nearly $3.5 million. His attorney said the man worked for Owens Corning  in the 1960s and was exposed to their toxic insulation product.
  • In the 1990s, two engineers filed lawsuits against North American Refractory Company (NARCO). According to their lawyers, the victims, who suffered from related lung diseases, were exposed to high levels of asbestos dust from a gunning mix. The jury found North American Refractory Company liable and awarded the men $7 million.
Will the EPA Evaluate Asbestos Exposure?

EPA Asbestos Approval

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will no longer evaluate asbestos in homes and businesses as a serious danger or health risk, as the EPA announced in recent reports.

The EPA asbestos decisions, under Scott Pruitt, decided it is unnecessary to evaluate the health risks of the toxic substance despite the continuing workplace and home hazards that still lead to mesothelioma deaths for up to 3,000 Americans each year.

The agency will still evaluate and require approval for any new use of asbestos, but let the already-present toxin remains in many public building, businesses, schools, houses and hospitals. Fifty-five countries have a total ban on the use of asbestos, including nations like the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Japan.

The new EPA asbestos stance has gone mostly undeterred because the current administration sees eye-to-eye on safety deregulation and pro-corporate interests. The health and safety of American workers and consumers, however, already in danger, could lose its footing as the EPA drifts toward toxic tolerance.

What are the EPA Standards for Asbestos?

EPA Asbestos Standards

According to the EPA Website, exposure to asbestos increases the risk of developing lung diseases like mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. That risk is made worse by certain factors, such as smoking and long-term exposure in workplaces known to be laden with the toxin.

There is no safe amount of asbestos exposure, and the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing severe health problems. Lung disease symptoms may lay dormant after exposure, and can take years to develop.

Asbestos-related health conditions can be difficult to identify and confused with other respiratory health issues. Healthcare professionals help identify the possibility of asbestos exposure by looking at the person’s medical, work, and environmental history. Known major health effects have been linked to asbestos exposure including lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, adenocarcinoma and mesothelioma.

On one hand the EPA regards asbestos as a cancer-causing agent, which fills older buildings and presents health hazards to various Ohio workers and consumers, and yet the agency has not taken measures to eradicate the toxin as safety advocates say they could.

The EPA has not properly evaluated the dangerous legacy of existing and so levels of contamination are unknown in Ohio. We do know asbestos exists in many areas in homes, schools, hospitals, factories, auto products, and workplaces but there is little help in evaluating an individual’s Ohio asbestos exposure risks.

Despite a significant reduction in the use of asbestos in past decades, annual deaths continue because asbestos-related diseases lay dormant.

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