Ohio Asbestos Lawyer
Representing Ohio Ford Motor & Lorain Assembly Workers in Mesothelioma & Asbestos Cancer Claims
Lorain Assembly workers in Lorain, Ohio could have been at an increased risk of toxic exposure as a result of asbestos and other toxins at the workplace. Many staff at various Ford Motor plants faced an occupational toxic exposure risk due to use of asbestos in the facilities and auto parts.
Lorain Assembly opened in 1958 and eventually closed in 2005, but only after it employed thousands of Ohio workers and produced around 8,000,000 vehicles. Production of the later Ford models moved to Ohio Assembly in Avon Lake, Ohio.
At Lorain Assembly, the models produced included the following:
1958–1959 Ford Galaxie
1958–1965 Ford F-Series
1958–1979 Ford Ranchero
1960–1967 Ford Falcon/Mercury Comet
1961–2005 Ford Econoline
1964–1971 Mercury Cyclone
1966–1970 Ford Fairlane
1968–1976 Mercury Montego
1971–1976 Ford Torino / Gran Torino
1974–1976 Ford Elite
1977–1979 Ford LTD II
1977–1997 Mercury Cougar
1980–1997 Ford Thunderbird
Many Ford auto plant workers who handled and installed brake linings and transmissions that were made with asbestos. The toxic dust from the parts could have been ingested and inhaled and subsequently lodged in lung tissues, leading to scarring and lung cancer risk. Asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma are caused by direct asbestos exposure and many auto plant workers across the country later fell ill and were diagnosed with occupational cancers. A study published nearly by the Journal of Occupational Medicine concluded automobile makers had an increased risk of certain cancers.
Employers may have been aware of health safety risks at some point in the 1970s when medical experts warned the public about the serious nature of asbestos exposure, and yet many workers in the Lorain Assembly plant were still working around toxic materials. The Lyon Firm has filed numerous asbestos cancer cases and holds companies accountable when they fail to protect employees.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated asbestos cancer and toxic tort attorney representing Lorain Assembly workers in mesothelioma and lung cancer claims.
Lorain Assembly Plant Asbestos
Auto parts were commonly manufactured with asbestos because the material was effective at reducing the heat with friction of brakes and transmission. But like many other manufactured components, auto parts break down over time and asbestos dust can endanger those installing or repairing automobiles. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has long advised mechanics and auto plant workers to take precautions, even if management fails to do so. Auto plant positions considered at a particularly high risk include:
- Brake and Clutch assemblers
- Warehouse part pickers
- Lathe operators
- Drill press operators
- Grinding operators—workers polishing product surfaces
- Assembly line workers
- Maintenance Crews
Auto parts that continually posed a health threat included the following:
- Automatic Transmission
- Brake Linings
- Clutch Linings
- Disc Brakes
- Drum Brakes
- Engine housing
- Manual Transmission
- Hood liners
- Heat Seals
- Valve Rings
- Brake shoes
Questions about Lorain Assembly Asbestos Exposure
At one point in history, asbestos was found in so many industrial work areas that millions of workers found themselves at risk of later developing cancers. In Ohio, many auto plants could have exposed workers to toxins, including Lorain Assembly, Ohio Assembly, Brier Hill works, as well as many rubber and tire plants in Akron and northeast Ohio.
Workers who handled asbestos products and later get diagnosed with a related illness could have a valuable claim. Our lawyers work closely with medical experts and file claims with asbestos trust funds to get you the maximum payout possible.
Like many other companies in the auto industry, Lorain may have used asbestos as an insulator in auto parts and various boilers and piping.
The Lawyers at the Lyon Firm have worked for many years identifying the source of toxic exposure for those who develop cancer after their service in industrial work spaces. We have settled many cases for plaintiffs in the six and seven figures. We have 20 years experience in filing toxic exposure cases and gaining compensation for victims and their families.
Auto Plant Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos was found in hundreds of auto plants in the US, including many Ford Motor and GM plants. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) notes that there are several different jobs that can expose auto workers to asbestos, putting them at in increased cancer risk.
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.