Delco Appliance Corporation, a subsidiary of General Motors, used asbestos in their steam boilers and various other products, putting employees of Delco and GM at risk of developing related illnesses like lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.
The use of asbestos in products such as boilers was common at the time, and the majority of Delco boilers contained asbestos insulation. The insulated boiler systems were meant to protect consumers and equipment from high temperatures, but the toxic materials caused a lot more harm than good.
Thousands of former Delco workers were injured, many of whom are still ill from exposure. Former Delco Workers have been and continue to be diagnosed with lung cancer and mesothelioma decades after exposure, demonstrating the serious consequences of asbestos use.
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The Delco Appliance Corporation mainly produced boilers. The company’s primary product, introduced in the 1930s, was the Delco-Heat Harmonized Boiler. This boiler, utilized in many industrial and commercial applications, featured Air Cell asbestos insulation.
Air Cell insulation is a brand name for a type of insulating material and also a generic term. Resembling gray cardboard, air cell insulation was regularly used to wrap steam pipes, HVAC ducts and furnace systems. The material was available in different thicknesses, and sold in sheets.
Prior to the mid-1980s, air cell-type insulation was manufactured with asbestos, and in some cases, affixed to the pipe surfaces with asbestos adhesive.
Air cell insulation is known to become “friable” as it deteriorates, which means it can be crushed and reduced to a powder. Any asbestos insulation that is friable has the potential to spread countless toxic fibers into the air.
Once breathed into the lungs, the fibers may cause scarring and result in serious conditions such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Employees who built, installed and repaired Delco asbestos boilers and other asbestos products were likely exposed to asbestos while on job sites.
The company’s line of boilers also endangered end users and maintenance crews. Occupations at the highest risk for asbestos exposure include:
Those who develop mesothelioma may show no signs of illness for up to decades after their first exposure. Also, by the time symptoms present, mesothelioma has most likely reached an advanced stage.
Studies show that inhaling asbestos fibers severely scars and damages tissue surrounding the lungs. This can serve as the primary source for victims who develop lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Symptoms of mesothelioma can be varied and may include the following:
It is recommended that former workers at Delco and GM facilities contact medical professionals if they suspect past exposure to asbestos.
Lawyers say many asbestos-containing product manufacturers like Delco focused on profits without regard to workplace safety standards. Some companies cast aside early damaging medical evidence, and even hid information that might damage their business.
As a result, workers across the country have filed asbestos-related claims against hundreds of American corporations. The number of victims is still growing, and lawyers in Ohio are currently involved in litigation, including the claims against Delco and General Motors.
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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 lung 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 to the 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.
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