The Proctor & Gamble Company, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been a large part of the Ohio community for many decades. The company employs thousands in Cincinnati and many more in its manufacturing facilities around the country, including its fabric care plant in Lima, Ohio. The Lima, Ohio PG plant has been operating since 1968, and thousands of Ohio residents have worked on site as full-time employees or contractors.
Procter & Gamble has long been an important employer in Ohio, though in recent years many former workers have fallen ill, and filed personal injury claims against the company.
Former workers who have developed lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma allege that P&G used asbestos products throughout their Lima, Ohio manufacturing facility. Affected employees claim the occupational exposure has caused deadly asbestos-related illnesses, and are seeking compensation from the company.
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.
Chemical plants regularly utilize large amounts of industrial machinery and piping that connect work stations and buildings. This heavy machinery and piping, as well as ovens, tanks, boilers and pumps very likely contained asbestos in the Lima, Ohio plant.
Procter & Gamble’s product line, which includes several name brand chemical-based consumer products, requires heavy machinery and also huge amounts of fire-resistant insulation in production plants. There are several known health hazards associated with working in a chemical production facility like the Lima P&G plant, including inhaling asbestos fibers that may cause serious illness.
The Lima, Ohio PG plant required a large amount of heat to operate, and in the 1960s, when the plant was constructed, large on-site boilers were wrapped with asbestos to retain heat and prevent fires.
Unfortunately, asbestos was used in great quantities because it was considered the most effective industrial insulator available. As a result, many Procter & Gamble workers in Ohio were exposed to toxic asbestos, and may lead to deadly cancers like mesothelioma.
Nearly any former worker at the P&G plant in Lima, Ohio could be at risk of developing severe health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. PG workers in Lima may have been regularly exposed to various asbestos materials used on the machines they operated, or by working near deteriorating insulation on piping and boilers.
Unfortunately, some PG workers were put at a higher risk than others for developing asbestos-related disease. Maintenance crews, boiler workers, and electricians at the Proctor & Gamble plant frequently worked with and around asbestos-containing material. Other occupations at a heightened risk may include engineers, pump system operators, pipefitters, and welders.
Any worker in an area exposed to loose asbestos fibers is likely to inhale the toxic particles, which can get lodged in tissue surrounding the lungs and cause long-term damage. Mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis can lay dormant for decades, and symptoms may not present themselves until many years after exposure. When they do appear, symptoms may include the following:
• Chest pain
• Pain in the lower back
• Trouble breathing
• Weight loss
• Trouble swallowing
Victims and attorneys claim that P&G plant managers took no precautions to protect workers from the possible dangers of asbestos or inform the workers of their occupational hazard. This negligence resulted in an entire generation of PG workers developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
In addition to P&G management ignoring the health consequences of poor working conditions, the companies who manufactured industrial machines and components used at Proctor & Gamble’s Lima plant may have been aware of the dangers posed by exposure to the asbestos contained within.
America’s largest corporations and regional employers have a responsibility to provide employees with safe working environments. When influential companies like P&G fail to protect workers, they should compensate employees and families for the extensive damage they have caused.
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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 lung 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 thought to be the perfect insulating material before research showed it was extremely hazardous to the 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 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.
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.