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Asbestos Exposure

Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer

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Representing Ohio River Barge workers in Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

Until the 1980s, marine components made of asbestos were used in engine parts, piping, boat panels, ceilings, doors, decking, bulkheads, vessel cabinetry and furniture. Asbestos was regularly used in boiler rooms and wrapped around steam pipes throughout vessels. Ohio River barge asbestos exposure was not uncommon. 

Insulating and fire-resistant asbestos materials were built into many Ohio river barges and boats around the nation, as well as those built for sea ports and ocean use. Many workers are still in danger of inhaling toxic fibers and developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.

Asbestos was long considered the best insulating material to use on barges and ships because it is flexible, heat-resistant, cheap and durable. However, asbestos is terribly dangerous and still leads to thousands of fatalities each year as it directly causes lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. After inhaled or ingested, asbestos fibers settle in the soft tissues surrounding the lungs, heart, or stomach, and over years or even decades develops into mesothelioma cancer.

Sea and river barge and dock workers in Ohio and across the nation have an elevated risk of asbestos exposure at the workplace. A 2008 study concluded boat and shipyard workers have an asbestosis mortality rate 16-times greater than other professions.

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

Ohio River Barge Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos was used in several capacities on ships and barges, and the majority still remains intact on vessels. Workers on the Ohio River, Lake Erie or other Ohio waterways may be working near asbestos materials if they work on or around boats at shipyards. Asbestos is commonly found in the following components of barges, ships and machinery:

  • Boilers
  • Turbines
  • Electrical
  • Insulation
  • Barge Pumps
  • Steam pipes
  • Gaskets
  • Cranes
  • Valves
  • Welding equipment

Ohio Maritime Workers Asbestos Exposure

Although some boats may be wrapped heavily in asbestos in almost every compartment and hold, the most dangerous occupational exposure occurs in engine rooms, boiler rooms and on painted decks.

But even dock workers who have worked loading and unloading cargo at piers and docks could have been exposed to asbestos materials in the past and developed mesothelioma, lung cancer or other illnesses. The following maritime positions have been known to place workers in direct contact with river barge asbestos:

  • Shipfitters
  • Machinists
  • Pipefitters
  • Electricians
  • Boilermakers
  • Painters
  • Welding Injuries
  • Insulators
  • Cargo loaders
  • On and off-board machinists
  • Maintenance crews

Ohio River Barge Asbestos Exposure

Each year, hundreds of former Ohio transport and maritime workers are diagnosed and treated for mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and other pulmonary diseases as a result of working with asbestos materials in the past. Current workers may be at risk of encountering deteriorating materials and former workers are still at a great risk for developing serious health complications from past asbestos exposure.

Recently, there have been very large settlements involving victims of asbestos exposure working on boats and barges, docks, piers and shipyards. Please seek professional and medical attention if you think you may have developed mesothelioma or another occupational asbestos-related illness.


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


Asbestos (Mesothelioma)


Asbestos (Mesothelioma)