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Asbestos Exposure

Reviewing Chevron Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

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Asbestos Exposure Lawyer

representing Chevron Oil Refinery Workers in Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

Working in oil production facilities presented serious health safety risks, which included exposure to toxic fumes and asbestos fibers, leading to deadly illnesses like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Chevron Oil refinery asbestos exposure occurred in numerous nationwide facilities, including in the Richmond and El Segundo, California Chevron facility.

The management at some of Chevron’s oil refineries took no precaution to protect workers from the dangers of toxic materials which resulted hundreds of cancer cases diagnosed years after employment. 

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

Chevron Oil Refinery Asbestos & Risk of Exposure

Chevron Oil Refinery workers in California and other states regularly came into contact with toxic materials, and not only the fumes from the products at hand. Asbestos was once a common insulator for various products at refineries and other large industrial plants.

The buildings themselves and machinery found at Chevron refineries contained asbestos, and refineries handed out safety gear to workers that actually contained asbestos.

Because petroleum is highly flammable, asbestos and other insulators were used is they were resistant to heat and corrosion. Oil refinery positions put workers at risk of occupational asbestos exposure, leading to various cancers and related illnesses years later.

Chevron Oil refinery workers may have worked in a capacity to operate processing equipment, maintain and repair toxic equipment, control pumping systems, use gauges in storage tanks and regulate the flow of oil in pipelines. All this related equipment may have contained asbestos parts or insulation. As the material broke down over time, it became more and more hazardous for refinery employees.

Well into the 1970s, it was common for oil refineries like Chevron to contain fire resistant materials such as asbestos. The risk of fires and explosions in refineries is naturally high, which justified the use of asbestos before it was known to directly cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, colorectal cancer and other cancers.

One study concludes that exposure to asbestos in oil refineries may cause pleural mesothelioma. The researchers determined mesothelioma should be considered an “occupational disease among oil refinery workers.”

Symptoms of Asbestos-Related Disease

There have been reports of asbestos-related cancer cases at the Richmond and El Segundo, CA Chevron oil refinery. 

If symptoms appear years after exposure, they may include:

  • Pain in the chest
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Heavy coughing
  • Severe fatigue
  • Weight loss


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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 Should I File a Claim?

Many workers were exposed to asbestos at an oil refining facility or another industrial setting. Refineries may have been filled with toxic materials, and employers had a duty to warn of the serious health risks of the job. Filing an occupational cancer lawsuit can compensate victims for medical costs and other losses. 


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Questions about Chevron Oil Refinery Asbestos Exposure

What Refinery Materials Contained Asbestos?

Asbestos Products in Oil Refineries

Oil refinery asbestos equipment may have included toxic gaskets, sealants, valves, piping and pumps. Refinery pumps were sealed and repaired with asbestos adhesives and sealants.

Dozens of manufacturers once made asbestos products that oil refineries utilized. Some of the largest manufacturers include the following:

  • W. Chesterton Companyseals, packing, gaskets and hydraulic and pneumatic seals
  • Garlock Sealing Technologiesgaskets, seals, pump packing, valve packing
  • Hercules Packing Corporationasbestos gaskets
  • Johns Manvillebuilding materials, pump packing, asbestos cement, adhesives, putty and insulation
  • Philip Careyboilers, industrial equipment and pipes
  • Pittsburgh CorningUnibestos pipe insulation
Can I File a Mesothelioma Cancer Claim?

If you were exposed to asbestos at at Chevron work site, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation. If you worked at the El Segundo, California Chevron Oil Refinery or another, contact the Lyon Firm to initiate a claim and reach a settlement.  

Why Hire the Lyon Firm?

Joe Lyon is an experienced Asbestos Cancer Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has two decades of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex toxic tort litigation. Asbestos cancer lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an illness. Mr. Lyon works with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an illness occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future.

Your Right to Safety

The Statute of Limitations for Asbestos Cases

Asbestos was commonly found in many areas in oil refining facilities. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), many workers today may even carry the same risk of toxic exposure. 

Mesothelioma and lung cancer cases have been diagnosed and former workers are still at risk due to a latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos.

Our Victories

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


Asbestos (Mesothelioma)


Asbestos (Mesothelioma)