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What Happened at Nuturn Corporation?

In 1984, a working union member at a Nuturn Corporation brake manufacturing plant in New Castle, Indiana, contacted OSHA regarding possible toxins at the workplace.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request for a Health Hazard Evaluation. The employee allegedly had concerns about the presence of asbestos in the workshop, placing staff at risk of exposure.

OSHA did in fact get the message and a subsequent survey detected asbestos levels that exceeded the allowable amount at the time. NIOSH conducted worker pulmonary function tests and chest X-rays, and many workers had abnormal pulmonary function test results. Five workers also showed X-ray abnormalities and one showed signs of asbestosis.

At Nuturn, asbestos was detected in 51 personal and 1 of 3 area air samples. Twenty of the 170 workers who performed pulmonary function tests had some type of abnormal test result. Twelve workers had evidence of obstructive impairment. There were 135 production workers and 35 salaried workers on staff at the time.

NIOSH investigators concluded that a health hazard did exist, due to asbestos on the premises. To give you an idea, of the timeline of events, Nuturn began manufacturing brake shoe linings at the New Castle, Indiana facility six years earlier in 1978. The plant was originally operated by the Firestone Company then purchased by Lear-Siegler Corporation in 1976, before Nuturn took over.

In 1984, Nuturn produced 50,000 sets of brake shoes per month. To increase the friction properties of the brakes, asbestos was used in production, which was very common in the 1970s and ‘80s

Asbestos was also widely used in industrial building materials for fireproofing and thermal insulation. The chronic inhalation of asbestos dust, however, resulted in thousands of American workers falling ill and developing aggressive forms of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and cancer of the colon, esophagus and stomach. Inhalation also causes asbestosis, an irreversible lung disease caused by asbestos dust.

Was I Exposed to Asbestos at Nuturn?

It is possible for any former Nuturn employee to get a confirmed diagnosis even now, forty years after exposure. There can be a long latency period between the initial toxic exposure and the development of mesothelioma. 

OSHA, along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now consider asbestos a known cancer-causing agent. The CDC has noted there is absolutely no safe level of exposure. Those who have been exposed at their workplace have developed related illnesses that include:


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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 Hire The Lyon Firm?

The Lyon Firm has years of experience in filing toxic exposure claims on behalf of industrial workers nationwide. Asbestos was so widely used in construction materials and many automotive products that it has become relatively common for former staff at various factories and warehouses to receive a cancer diagnosis many years after retiring.

When this occurs, victims and their families often require compensation to help pay for mounting medical expenses and long-term disability costs. Our legal team has settled many asbestos cancer cases and we work diligently to get you the best compensation package possible.

Contact our lawyers to learn more about your legal options and to begin processing your asbestos cancer claims now. Individuals must file claims in a timely manner due to a statute of limitations in these types of cases. Call for a free consultation.


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Nuturn Asbestos FAQ

How Was I Exposed To Asbestos?

Asbestos fibers naturally break down over time or with frequent use, and the fibers turn into a fine dust that can be easily inhaled or digested by any worker in the area. particularly when a work space is poorly ventilated, exposure can be more likely and more dangerous. 

What Materials at Nuturn Contained Asbestos?

Asbestos was used in the brake shoe linings of Nuturn products, and it is also possible that the building itself contained toxins in the plumbing, insulation, electrical, machinery, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in other construction materials.

Can I File an Asbestos Cancer Claim?

If you were exposed to asbestos and later developed mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, or another related illness, you may have a viable claim. Contact our staff to assess your case with a free consultation. 

Why Did Nuturn Use Asbestos?

Asbestos was used by many companies because the material was widely available, cheap, durable, fire and heat resistant, and it was not thought to be so toxic until the 1970s. 

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