The William Powell Company, founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, manufactures and distributes a variety of bronze, iron and steel industrial valves. The company has been a large valve producer for many years, and for decades manufactured valves that contained toxic asbestos materials in their packing and gaskets.
The William Powell valve company has owned large production facilities in Cincinnati for well over a hundred years, and many of the buildings contained asbestos as a common insulator on factory floors, and throughout the facilities. As a result, many William Powell employees were exposed to asbestos at the workplace and are at risk of later developing asbestos-related diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Some Powell valves manufactured before 1987 were known to contain asbestos. Most claims are related to exposures occurring through the 1980s. Several lawsuits have been filed in recent years, naming William Powell Co. as a negligent party, responsible for endangering the health of not only direct employees but many consumers and workers around the country.
Former William Powell workers have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, and other asbestos-related illnesses.
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Asbestos was regularly used in factories like William Powell as industrial insulation and a fire-resistant precaution. The William Powell buildings were occupied for many years, and deteriorated areas around the facilities may have been the site of the most obvious asbestos hazards, possibly around the following locations:
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Almost any worker in a building lined with asbestos insulation risks some level occupational exposure. Regular exposure may endanger a worker more than usual, though medical research indicates there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.
Some William Powell workers were at a particularly high risk of inhaling asbestos fibers. Employees who directly handled asbestos packing materials and products were most likely heavily exposed. Boiler room and maintenance crew were also at high risk in enclosed areas.
Factory machines, including lathes, grinders, and conveyor systems may have also contained asbestos insulation, putting any factory floor worker at risk. Some individual positions considered high-risk:
Loose asbestos fibers can be inhaled and lodged in the lungs, causing scarring and tumors. The damage cause by asbestos fibers can lay dormant in the lungs for decades, eventually leading to cancer and mesothelioma.
By the time symptoms appear, mesothelioma has most likely advanced to a later, fatal stage of cancer. Symptoms of mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer may include the following:
Former employees at Cincinnati, Ohio’s William Powell Company have been diagnosed with asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related conditions. Because of the common use of asbestos at Ohio factory workplaces, many workers have been affected by asbestos-related diseases, and now seek financial compensation.
Attorneys for mesothelioma victims contend that management knew about the health hazards of asbestos and failed to protect employees.
Lawyers claim that manufacturers like William Powell have known the dangers of asbestos materials since at least the 1940s, but continued producing and distributing products because of little governmental regulation and oversight.
Some recent, high-profile lawsuits have targeted William Powell as a defendant. In one instance where a retired U.S. Navy welder developed lung cancer due to asbestos exposure, a jury awarded his family with a verdict worth over $20 million.
The victim regularly performed repairs and maintenance to asbestos-containing marine equipment, including William Powell valves. Several other similar claims have been settled by the William Powell Company, and many more cases are pending.
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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 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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