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Before closing in 1970 due to tough economic conditions, Alpha Portland Cement Company employed hundreds of workers in Ironton, Ohio. The plant consisted of several buildings on a property of over 100 acres.

When the buildings were recently demolished, they were targets of asbestos abatement, as it was well known that the company used asbestos not only in the products they manufactured and distributed, but in the buildings themselves.

In recent years, former employees of Alpha Portland Cement have developed asbestos-related diseases and died of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other serious illnesses. Medical research has shown that exposure to dust and fibers emitted from asbestos-containing materials can cause Mesothelioma Cancer.

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


Cement Plant Worker Exposure


Alpha Cement plant workers were responsible for mixing, forming and distributing a number of cement products that often included asbestos. Although the products were roughly 90 percent cement and 10 percent asbestos, it was enough to make the mix dangerous. The final mixture could be made into flat or corrugated sheets used for roofing slates, tiles, vents, gutters, or pressure pipes.

Asbestos was added to make the cement stronger, though as a significant cost, the cement plant workers came home each day with the fibers on their clothes and skin, exposing their families to the same dangers they faced throughout the workday.


The Hazards of Working at Alpha Portland


Workers at Alpha Portland Cement used pumps and valves in order to shift the flow of concrete from one tank to another. Asbestos-containing packing material was used in Alpha Portland Cement pumps and valves to prevent leaks.

Asbestos-containing gaskets were also utilized at Alpha Portland Cement in order to ensure a tight seal between pipe flanges, pumps, valves and other equipment within the cement pumping system. Due to frequent wear, workers at Alpha Portland Cement regularly replaced gaskets during Maintenance Crews. When a gasket was replaced it caused asbestos dust to become airborne.


Exposure in Asbestos Cement Factories


Risk of exposure was almost certain in an asbestos cement factory. One of the most serious risks was opening bags of the raw materials by hand without respiratory protection. Removing and applying packing material emitted asbestos dust and fibers into the air which workers inhaled. Stacking asbestos cement sheet products, which added to the toxic dust into the air, was also a common issue.

Another other part of the plant process that led to large amounts of hazardous dust in the air was transferring products to the shipping department. Asbestos cement products were placed in elevators and conveyors, and the fiber materials could easily circulate throughout the plant. Other Ohio cement plants that may have exposed workers to asbestos include:

  • Southwestern Portland Cement Company—Fairborn, Ohio
  • Universal Atlas Cement—Fairborn, Ohio
  • Lehigh Portland Cement Company—Wellston, Ohio

Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma


Signs and symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses such as asbestosis and cancers vary depending on where the cancer occurs. Mesothelioma, which affects the tissue surrounding the lungs, causes symptoms that may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Painful coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on your chest
  • Lumps of tissue in the abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Inflammation

Mesothelioma may lay dormant for many years, even decades, but once discovered it has usually progressed into a terminal condition.


Asbestos Cement Exposure Lawsuits


The legal system holds companies responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for workers. When this responsibility is not met, these corporations and their remaining parent companies should compensate the victims of unsafe workplaces.

Plaintiffs and attorneys contend that asbestos cement manufacturers knew about the potential health dangers of their products and failed to warn their end users and employees.

Ohio cement plants, including Alpha Portland, Southwestern Portland Cement Company, Universal Atlas Cement, and Lehigh Portland Cement Company have been targets of asbestos litigation for exposing workers to toxic materials.

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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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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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