There is a strong possibility that former Ohio workers in the plants of Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, were exposed to asbestos, and may develop lung diseases, including deadly cancers such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Like many companies in the steel industry, Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel used asbestos as an insulator on its work site because of its fire resistibility. For many years, this material went unregulated and posed terrible risks. As asbestos-containing materials aged and were replaced, asbestos fibers often were sent airborne and inhaled by many workers in the steel mill.
Asbestos fibers can be lodged in the lungs, which can cause scarring, and in many cases, tumors. Inhaled asbestos fibers can rest in the lungs for decades, causing lung cancer and other health issues, including mesothelioma. Many former workers at Wheeling-Pittsburgh steel plants at Steubenville, OH, Yorkville, OH, Mingo Junction, OH and Martins Ferry, OH have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati asbestos lawyer and Ohio toxic tort attorney representing plaintiffs in Wheeling Pittsburgh Asbestos exposure and mesothelioma claims.
In addition to working in the buildings themselves, steel mill workers at Wheeling Pittsburgh were likely exposed to asbestos through protective garments, including coats, leggings, gloves aprons, coveralls and facemasks that were meant to protect workers from extreme temperatures and from burns. The process of making metal products typically involves temperatures as high as 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Even if they were not participating in the manufacturing of steel, workers at Wheeling-Pittsburg may have been exposed to asbestos and risked developing mesothelioma from toxic building materials 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 used in steel plants for machinery insulation in equipment including the following:
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Wheeling-Pittsburgh had large plant operations in Ohio in the following locations:
Martins Ferry, Ohio: produced galvanized sheets, galvanized roofing and accessories, corrugated culverts, and hand-dipped items. The Martins Ferry plant featured two continuous galvanizing lines where coils of steel strips were processed, galvanized, and treated.
Steubenville, Ohio: featured two blast furnaces, 11 open hearth furnaces, a blooming mill, a hot strip mill, and cold reduction mills. The Steubenville plant produced hot rolled sheets and plates and cold rolled sheets and coils.
Mingo Junction, Ohio: consisted of three blast furnaces, two Bessemer converters, a blooming mill, and auxiliary equipment. The Mingo Junction plant supplied hot metal for the open hearth furnaces at Steubenville North and Bessemer slabs for Benwood Works.
Yorkville, Ohio: The Yorkville Works facility produced electrolytic and hot-dipped tinplate, black plate, and terneplate.
Those who develop mesothelioma may not show signs of illness for a long time after their first exposure. Cases of mesothelioma are often diagnosed 30 years or more after a person was first exposed to asbestos. By the time symptoms appear, mesothelioma has most likely reached an advanced stage.
Breathing asbestos fibers into the lungs damages tissue surrounding the lungs. This could serve as the primary source for victims who develop lung cancer and, possibly mesothelioma.
Symptoms of mesothelioma can be varied, and they depend on several factors. Symptoms may include the following:
The legal system holds steel plants responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for workers. When companies fail to meet this responsibility, they should compensate the victims of their unsafe practice.
Many Ohio steel plants, including Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel have been involved in asbestos litigation for exposing steel mill workers to toxic materials.
Because of the overwhelming use of asbestos in their work environments, many metalworkers affected by asbestos-related diseases have sought financial restitution through litigation. As a result, more than 60 trusts were arranged to pay victims of asbestos-related illnesses. Lawsuits contend that asbestos manufacturers knew about potential health dangers of their products as early as the 1930s and failed to warn anyone.
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.
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.