Thousands of retired and current employees in the Cleveland Engine Plant – in the Ford Brook Park facilities – are at risk of developing dangerous health issues as a result of asbestos exposure.
The Ford Motor Company Cleveland Engine plant, better known as Cleveland Engine in the Ohio area, is an engine manufacturing facility located in the city of Brook Park, Ohio.
The complex first opened its doors in 1951 when it began production of Ford’s first overhead valve engine. In 1955, Cleveland Engine 2 was added to the complex for production and both facilities operated side by side up until 2012, where all operations were converted back to Cleveland Engine 1.
Over the decades, several thousand Ford plant employees were hired and subsequently exposed to asbestos in the production facilities, as well as different types of asbestos-containing auto parts.
For much of that time, health professionals warned employers and workers about the dangers of auto plant asbestos exposure, though many companies, including Ford Motor, failed to heed the warnings and properly protect their employees.
A study published nearly 40 years ago by the Journal of Occupational Medicine concluded automobile manufacturing employees have an increased risk of lung cancer.
With this knowledge that workers were facing dire health hazards, corporations like Ford carried on manufacturing and chose not to warn employees of the risks.
Nearly any worker in an Ohio auto plant could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio toxic exposure lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of lung cancer and mesothelioma claims.
The majority of Ford Motors’ recent major injury lawsuits implicates the company’s asbestos-containing brake linings and clutch facings. Any person handling these products, or facing direct exposure, is at risk of developing a future illness, including factory line workers, brake and clutch assemblers, and warehouse employees.
Many factory workers at the Ford Brook Park, Ohio plants faced an occupational exposure. These production sites were built with asbestos bricks, drywall, and heating and water pipes. And some employees were even at a higher risk. The Ford Brook Park, Ohio occupations most endangered by asbestos include the following:
Ford Motor and other Ohio auto companies used asbestos in auto parts and buildings because of its heat-resistant quality. But when these asbestos-containing parts begin to break down through friction, asbestos dust can fill factory floors and warehouses.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) warns that asbestos dust and fibers can spread far and wide, up to 75 feet from the point of initial disruption.
As of the 1990’s Ford still used asbestos some capacity in brake systems. Asbestos linings are also still used in certain imports models. Other common auto parts that may pose a health risk include the following:
Ford plant employees may have been exposed to asbestos products at Cleveland Engine, or at other Ohio Ford manufacturing sites, including:
When inhaled or ingested, asbestos fibers can stay lodged in the tissue surrounding the lungs and cause permanent scarring. The embedded toxic fibers can then cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Asbestos-related diseases may present with a variety of symptoms, and may not show until years after initial exposure. Due to a lengthy latency period, many former auto workers may not be diagnosed for up to decades after exposure. Signs and symptoms of lung cancer and mesothelioma typically include:
The majority of the numerous lawsuits filed against Ford Motor Company involve the use of asbestos in its brakes, clutches, transmissions and factory building materials. Brake linings may have contained up to 40 to 60 percent asbestos fibers. The linings were often ground and sanded, causing asbestos fibers to enter the air where it was inhaled by employees.
Employees of the Cleveland Engine plant who have been exposed to an unsafe work environment may have been put at risk with various dangerous products.
If former or current workers in Ohio Ford plants have been ill and diagnosed with lung conditions, it may be a result of occupational asbestos exposure. Affected employees have a valid claim against their employers, and should consider seeking experienced legal assistance.
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