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Representing Ohio River Barge workers in Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

Until the 1980s, marine components made of asbestos were used in engine parts, piping, boat panels, ceilings, doors, decking, bulkheads, vessel cabinetry and furniture. Asbestos was regularly used in boiler rooms and wrapped around steam pipes throughout vessels. Ohio River barge asbestos exposure was not uncommon. 

Insulating and fire-resistant asbestos materials were built into many Ohio river barges and boats around the nation, as well as those built for sea ports and ocean use. Many workers are still in danger of inhaling toxic fibers and developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.

Asbestos was long considered the best insulating material to use on barges and ships because it is flexible, heat-resistant, cheap and durable. However, asbestos is terribly dangerous and still leads to thousands of fatalities each year as it directly causes lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. After inhaled or ingested, asbestos fibers settle in the soft tissues surrounding the lungs, heart, or stomach, and over years or even decades develops into mesothelioma cancer.

Sea and river barge and dock workers in Ohio and across the nation have an elevated risk of asbestos exposure at the workplace. A 2008 study concluded boat and shipyard workers have an asbestosis mortality rate 16-times greater than other professions.

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

Ohio River Barge Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos was used in several capacities on ships and barges, and the majority still remains intact on vessels. Workers on the Ohio River, Lake Erie or other Ohio waterways may be working near asbestos materials if they work on or around boats at shipyards. Asbestos is commonly found in the following components of barges, ships and machinery:

  • Boilers
  • Turbines
  • Electrical
  • Insulation
  • Barge Pumps
  • Steam pipes
  • Gaskets
  • Cranes
  • Valves
  • Welding equipment

Ohio Maritime Workers Asbestos Exposure

Although some boats may be wrapped heavily in asbestos in almost every compartment and hold, the most dangerous occupational exposure occurs in engine rooms, boiler rooms and on painted decks.

But even dock workers who have worked loading and unloading cargo at piers and docks could have been exposed to asbestos materials in the past and developed mesothelioma, lung cancer or other illnesses. The following maritime positions have been known to place workers in direct contact with river barge asbestos:

  • Shipfitters
  • Machinists
  • Pipefitters
  • Electricians
  • Boilermakers
  • Painters
  • Welding Injuries
  • Insulators
  • Cargo loaders
  • On and off-board machinists
  • Maintenance crews

Ohio River Barge Asbestos Exposure

Each year, hundreds of former Ohio transport and maritime workers are diagnosed and treated for mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and other pulmonary diseases as a result of working with asbestos materials in the past. Current workers may be at risk of encountering deteriorating materials and former workers are still at a great risk for developing serious health complications from past asbestos exposure.

Recently, there have been very large settlements involving victims of asbestos exposure working on boats and barges, docks, piers and shipyards. Please seek professional and medical attention if you think you may have developed mesothelioma or another occupational asbestos-related illness.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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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.


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Questions about Ohio River Barge Asbestos Exposure

What is Asbestos?

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.

Why is Asbestos Toxic?

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.

What Materials Contain Asbestos?

Asbestos was widely used in piping, insulation, electrical components, machine parts, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in many building materials.

Can I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.

Why Did Companies Use Asbestos?

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.

Is it hard to win an asbestos case?

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.

Why Hire the Lyon Firm

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. 

Experience: Joe Lyon is an experienced  Asbestos Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 19 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Asbestos lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure asbestos settlements.

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Asbestos can be found in factories, warehouses, hospitals, schools, homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military installations. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there are 75 different jobs that can expose workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Thousands of American workers are still exposed to 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 thousands of new cases due to the latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos.

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The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.


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