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Before radical changes in the manufacturing practices of many of Ohio’s cement, asphalt and concrete plants, several companies used asbestos not only in the products they produced, but in the production facilities themselves. Asphalt and cement are relatively safe to work with today, but back in the 1960s it wasn’t unusual for asphalt and cement to contain some percentage of asbestos.

Asbestos was used to help reinforce paving materials and insulate and fireproof building materials. Unfortunately, prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers is known to cause serious illnesses including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

In more recent years, former employees of Ohio asphalt and concrete manufacturers have developed asbestos-related diseases and suffered from mesothelioma, lung cancer and other serious illnesses.

A great deal of medical research has shown that exposure to dust and fibers emitted from asbestos-containing materials can directly cause mesothelioma and other deadly cancers.

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


Asphalt & Cement Plant Hazards


Asphalt and cement plant workers in Kentucky and Ohio were sometimes responsible for mixing, forming and distributing products that often included asbestos. Even though the products probably only contained 10 percent asbestos, it was enough to make the mix toxic.

Workers at cement and concrete plants may have used pumps and valves to shift the flow of materials between tanks. Asbestos-containing could have been used as packing material in pumps and valves to prevent leaks.

Asbestos-containing gaskets were also utilized at cement companies to create tight seals between pipes, pumps, valves and other equipment within the pumping system. Workers may have been tasked with replacing toxic gaskets during regular maintenance.

Asbestos was regularly added to concrete and asphalt to make the mix stronger, and as a result, workers went home with the fibers on their clothes and skin, exposing their families to the same dangers they faced at the workplace.


Asbestos in Concrete & Cement


Risks of exposure in cement and concrete plants could stem from opening bags of raw materials by hand without respiratory safety protection. Moving and stacking cement and asphalt products could have released toxic dust into the air.

Simply transferring products to the shipping department could have led to the disturbance of hazardous dust. Products were often placed in elevators and conveyors where airborne toxins could circulate throughout a plant.

Kentucky asphalt and cement plants that may have exposed workers to asbestos include the following:

  • Chevron Asphalt Company—Louisville, KY
  • Bardstown Asphalt Plant—Bardstown, KY
  • Kosmos Portland Cement—Jefferson County, KY
  • Chevron Asphalt—Louisville, KY
  • Ashland Asphalt—Ashland, KY
  • Northern Kentucky Asphalt—Covington, KY
  • Kentucky Asphalt Company—Louisville, KY
  • Ready Mix Concrete Company—Louisville, KY

Signs & Symptoms of Mesothelioma


Mesothelioma can lay dormant for decades, though once discovered it has usually progressed into a terminal condition. Mesothelioma, which affects the tissue surrounding the lungs, causes symptoms that may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Persistent coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lumps of tissue in the abdomen
  • Weight loss
  • Systemic inflammation

Asphalt Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits


The legal system holds cement, asphalt and concrete producers accountable for maintaining a safe work environment. When occupational injuries occur, these companies and their parent companies are liable for damages and must compensate the victims of their unsafe corporate practices.

Plaintiffs and attorneys allege that cement and asphalt manufacturers knew about the potential health dangers of asbestos products and failed to warn or protect their employees.

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Why are these cases important?

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.

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Questions about Asbestos

What is Asbestos?

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.

Why is Asbestos Toxic?

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.

What Materials Contain Asbestos?

Asbestos was widely used in piping, insulation, electrical components, machine parts, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in many building materials.

Can I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.

Why Did Companies Use Asbestos?

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.

Is it hard to win an asbestos case?

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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Why Hire the Lyon Firm

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

 Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Asbestos Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Asbestos lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence cases.  The cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world 

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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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