Former workers in Ohio and Kentucky steel plants may have been exposed to asbestos materials, and as a result may develop related lung diseases, including deadly conditions such as pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
In the past, several medical studies have warned that workers in the metal and steel industry are at an increased risk for developing dangerous asbestos-related diseases. Health agencies around the world have called steel mill workers a “high-risk work group” because of the dangerous work conditions associated with the industry.
Hundreds of former workers at Ohio and Kentucky steel plants have been diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma cancer.
Since asbestos fibers can become attached to the body and clothes at the workplace, there is a chance that workers also contaminated their homes. Current employees of steel companies are urged to monitor their health as they may suffer from dangerous occupational diseases.
Steel Worker Asbestos Risk
Steel workers in Ohio and Kentucky and in factories around the country have likely been exposed to asbestos and other toxins. There are jobs that may have been more at health risk than others in the industry. Steel plant positions most commonly exposed to asbestos may include:
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Current and former Ohio workers in the U.S. Steel Lorain Tubular Operations plant may have been exposed to asbestos. U.S. Steel regularly used asbestos as an insulator on its many work sites because of its known fire resistibility in a high-temperature environment.
For many years, this material went unregulated as it posed terrible risks, often being sent airborne and inhaled by workers in steel production facilities. There is no safe level of exposure.
Asbestos fibers are dangerous as they can be lodged in the lungs, causing internal scarring, and in many cases, tumors. Inhaled asbestos fibers can rest in the lungs for decades, causing cancer and other health issues, including mesothelioma.
Many former workers at steel plants across the country have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, and other Mesothelioma Cancer.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati asbestos lawyer and Ohio personal injury attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of Steel Plant asbestos exposure, toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.
Plant workers at U.S. Steel were likely exposed to asbestos in the buildings themselves, as well as through protective garments like coats, leggings, gloves aprons, coveralls and face masks that were meant to protect workers from extreme temperatures.
Even if they were not participating in the production of steel, all workers at U.S. Steel may have been exposed to asbestos and risk developing mesothelioma from toxic materials in the facilities, such as refractory bricks, floor and ceiling tiles, and liner boards. Asbestos insulation was wrapped around hot pipes, furnaces, ovens, tanks, generators, rolling mills, cranes and boilers.
Since asbestos fibers can become attached to clothes at the workplace, there is a chance of contaminating the home, putting family members at risk.
Asbestos was commonly used as insulation in equipment that included the following:
U.S. Steel has a large plant operation in Lorain, Ohio called Lorain Tubular Operations. Lorain Tubular Operations, about 30 miles west of Cleveland, Ohio, manufactures pipe for customers in the construction and oil and gas exploration and production industries.
The major product lines include oil country tubing, casing and drill pipe, standard and line pipe, and coupling stock.
Production facilities currently include the following:
Other Ohio steel plants with known asbestos on plant sites include:
Those who develop mesothelioma may not show signs of illness for several years, even decades, after their first exposure. By the time symptoms appear, however, mesothelioma has most likely reached an advanced stage.
Breathing asbestos fibers into the lungs may permanently damage tissue surrounding the lungs. This could serve as the primary source for the development of mesothelioma.
Steel companies are responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for workers. When companies fail to meet this responsibility, they are held liable and the victims of their unsafe practice are compensated.
U.S. Steel has a questionable health and safety record. In 2008, the company released over two million pounds of toxins, including ammonia, hydrochloric acid, ethylene, zinc compounds, methanol, benzene, manganese, cyanide, and chromium compounds.
Many Ohio steel plants, including U.S. Steel, Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp., Armco-AK Steel and LTV Steel have been targeted in asbestos litigation for exposing steel mill workers to toxic materials.
Former workers diagnosed with lung cancer, mesothelioma, pulmonary fibrosis or asbestosis may have a valuable claim and may recover compensation.
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.
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.
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 lug cancer and mesothelioma.
Asbestos was widely used in piping, insulation, electrical components, machine parts, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in many building materials.
If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.
Asbestos was cheap, durable, fire-resistant and light, and was though to be the perfect insulating material before research showed it was extremely hazardous tot he health.
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.
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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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