Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma in Ohio
Since the early 1800s, the state of Ohio has been heavily involved in manufacturing. While once primarily an agriculture and farming state, the state shifted to more lucrative industries. Ohio quickly became home to coal, oil, and iron mines, as well as, rubber and steel manufacturing. This emphasis on manufacturing brought industries that either manufactured or used asbestos products. Ultimately, the large number of companies that subjected their employees to asbestos put Ohio in the top ten states in the nation for mesothelioma and asbestosis deaths.
The attorneys at MesoLawyersCare have been able to recover money awards for workers and their families who have been fatally harmed by jobsite exposure to asbestos throughout Ohio. The mission of MesoLawyersCare is to help individuals and families affected by asbestos-related illnesses including mesothelioma. Specific asbestos sites in Ohio, including power plants and refineries, include the following examples:
1. Kyger Creek Power Plant – Cheshire, OH (Ohio Valley Electric)
Kyger Creek Power Plant, owned and operated by Ohio Valley Electric, was built in the 1950s on the shores of the Ohio River. The plant can create over 1,000 megawatts of power, which is enough to supply one million people with electricity. Generating this much power requires coal powered boilers that create steam that is then used to turn turbines which create electricity. Like many power plants built in the early 1900s, asbestos-containing products were used at Kyger Creek because of the extremely high temperatures required in this process. As a result, many Kyger Creek Power Plant workers, and their family members, have been exposed to asbestos by inhaling toxic airborne fibers from the machinery and wearing protective clothing that contained asbestos. Unfortunately, workers were not adequately warned about the dangers of asbestos.
2. Muskingum River Power Plant – Beverly, OH (American Electric Power)
Founded in 1953, the Muskingum River Power Plant was located in Southeastern Ohio in Morgan County. The large plant was owned by American Electric Power and had five units. In its heyday, the plant provided three million homes with power. The plant was ultimately closed in 2015 for a variety of environmental issues including asbestos. Workers at the Muskingum River Power plant were exposed to materials containing asbestos at this jobsite including asbestos insulation in piping, boilers, and other machinery, asbestos-containing gaskets and packing, and asbestos cements. Without being warned of the dangers of asbestos, many of these workers and family members have now been diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases because of this exposure.
3. General Motors – Defiance, OH
The famous car manufacturer General Motors built their Defiance, OH manufacturing plant in 1948. In the small town of Defiance, General Motors quickly became the primary employer. General motors produced a variety of asbestos containing products for their cars. Workers were exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos dust while assembling brakes, clutches, and crankshafts for car engines. Many employees were also exposed to asbestos simply from cleaning up dust from the various products. The plant also used high-heat equipment in the manufacturing process that resulted in asbestos exposures. General Motors, as well as companies that manufactured and supplied asbestos products used at the plant, have faced litigation from former employees and contractors from the Defiance, OH plant that have developed mesothelioma.
4. Sunoco Toledo Refinery – Toledo, OH
Sunoco is a large fuel company that distributes motor fuels. During the 1900s, Sunoco operated several refineries including their Toledo refinery. In 2011, the refinery was sold to PBF Energy for $400 million. The Toledo refinery has around 500 employees and can process 170,000 barrels of crude oil a day into gasoline, jet fuels, and propane. The high temperatures required to refine these flammable substances lead many oil refineries in the 20th century to use large quantities of asbestos for its heat- and fire-resistant properties. Workers exposed to asbestos at the Sunoco Toledo Refinery are at risk for developing fatal asbestos related illnesses because companies did not take precautionary measures to keep employees safe. Oil refineries commonly used high-heat equipment that used asbestos insulation, cements, gaskets and packing. This asbestos material often became airborne, endangering workers and their family members.
5. Procter & Gamble Ivorydale – Cincinnati, OH
Until its sale to St. Bernard Soap in 2003, the Proctor and Gamble Ivorydale production site was one of its largest and most significant sites. Proctor and Gamble is famous for producing some of America’s most well-known products—Crisco shortening, Tide laundry soap, Crest toothpaste, and, of course, Ivory soap from which the site got its name. Workers at Procter and Gamble’s Ivorydale production site were specifically exposed to asbestos while manufacturing soap and cleaning supplies. These products require specialized equipment including tanks, heating systems, and mixing stations, all of which were heated at extremely high temperatures. This equipment was often insulated with asbestos and utilized asbestos-containing components like gaskets, packing and linings. Employees also sometimes used asbestos gloves when working with the hot equipment. The company failed to warn employees and contractors of the dangers of asbestos which left many workers exposed to hazardous asbestos.
The attorneys from MesoLawyersCare have recovered more than $10 billion dollars for people diagnosed with mesothelioma. Our firm has successfully represented workers exposed to asbestos at worksites throughout Ohio. For more information or for a free consultation with our attorneys, fill out the form on this page, start a “live chat” on this page, or call 1-888-568-1177.
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