Was I Exposed To Asbestos at Koppers?
Many chemical plants in the country once used asbestos to insulate piping and equipment. But the employers did not know that the materials were terribly toxic and put workers in danger of later falling ill. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that there is no safe level of exposure.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) warn that asbestos exposure can directly cause certain cancers to workers who handle or work closely with the materials. Maintenance staff, engineers, pipefitters, electricians and machine operators were most likely to be exposed at a Koppers facility.
Koppers Company plants in Warren, Hamilton and Youngstown, Ohio, as well as others around the country may have been filled with toxic materials that included benzene and asbestos. Cancer cases have been reported, including:
Asbestos Exposure in Chemical Production Plants
Asbestos was commonly found in chemical factories, warehouses, steel mills, and many other industrial instillations built before 1980. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states that at least 75 different positions could could have exposed workers to asbestos.
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