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Ohio Brier Hill Workers: Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

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Former workers at Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company at Ohio’s Brier Hill Works plant may have been exposed to asbestos and could possibly develop related illnesses decades later. The Youngstown, Ohio Brier Hill Works closed in 1979, though employed thousands of Ohio workers, endangering many with asbestos at the work site.

Medical studies strongly suggest workers in the steel industry are at an increased risk for developing asbestos-related diseases. Workers that regularly inhaled asbestos fibers have eventually developed fatal diseases like asbestosis or mesothelioma. Even family members of Ohio steel workers were at risk of potential second-hand exposure.

Health issues related to asbestos exposure often develop many years later. Some estimates say about 3,000 Americans will be diagnosed with mesothelioma this year.

As a result of occupational exposure to asbestos, many former workers at Youngstown Sheet & Tube are filing lawsuits to compensate for their serious and deadly illnesses.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati asbestos lawyer and Ohio personal injury attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.

The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Inhaling toxic asbestos fibers for long periods can severely damage tissue surrounding the lungs. Because of the large amount of asbestos material in Ohio steel plants, Youngstown workers were at high risk of developing serious health issues.

Medical researchers have published several studies related to cases of asbestosis among steel workers. Inhaled asbestos fibers have been found in the lungs of workers up to five decades after exposure, causing cancers such as mesothelioma.


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Ohio Workers Exposed to Asbestos at Workplace

Direct handling of machinery, equipment and material at the Brier Hill Works plant in Youngtown, Ohio exposed workers to large amounts of asbestos on a daily basis—asbestos was added to hundreds of products until the 1970s, many of them used in the steel industry.

From the 1940s until Youngstown Sheet & Tube shut down, steel plants commonly used asbestos as an insulation material and were constructed with asbestos in refractory bricks, floor and ceiling tiles. Employees often wore protective asbestos clothing during production processes. Protective gloves, aprons, coveralls and facemasks all contained asbestos materials.

Occupational Exposure at Youngstown Sheet & Tube

The following tasks were associated with high Youngstown asbestos exposure at the plant:

•    Inspecting factory equipment
•    Machining, fitting and assembling steel products
•    Assembling and repairing boilers
•    Operating plant machines
•    Welding projects
•    Tending stoves or furnaces
•    Forging and heat-treating steel products
•    Insulating pipe systems
•    Installing floor or ceiling tiles
•    Smelting and pouring materials
•    Working in any enclosed space with asbestos products

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Symptoms of asbestos-related lung disease can be delayed for many years. By the time signs of damage appear, mesothelioma has likely reached an advanced stage. Symptoms of mesothelioma can vary, and include the following:

•    Persistent cough
•    Pain in the chest and rib area
•    Mysterious lumps of tissue on the chest and abdomen
•    Trouble breathing
•    Pain and swelling of the abdomen
•    Weight loss

Legal Action—Compensation for Mesothelioma Victims

The Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company and employers at the Brier Hill Works failed to meet a responsibility for maintaining a safe work environment for their employees.

Therefore, many metal and steel plant workers affected by asbestos-related diseases have filed lawsuits. Attorneys state that asbestos manufacturers and steel factory management knew about the health dangers and failed to properly warn employees.

Throughout Ohio, steel plants have been involved in asbestos litigation for exposing former workers to asbestos. As a result, Youngstown asbestos manufacturers, steel corporations and established asbestos trusts have paid billions to victims in compensation for the damage done.

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A Voice for Those who have suffered 

Why are these cases important?

Many experience asbestos exposure through the workplace. Workplaces may have been filled with toxic materials, and employers may have failed to warn of the serious health risks of the job. Filing a suit helps to raise the awareness of job safety.


Questions about Ohio Brier Hill Workers & Asbestos Exposure

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Asbestos can be found in homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military circumstances. According to the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOHS), there are 75 different jobs that can expose workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Approximately 107,000 workers are affected by asbestos each year. 

Mesothelioma is a serious illness that has been linked to asbestos exposure in medical literature. It is estimated that there will be 250,000 new cases before 2020 due to the latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos.

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