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The Lunkenheimer Valve Company, now known as the Cincinnati Valve Company, in Cincinnati, Ohio, has a long, celebrated history as a manufacturer and distributor of a variety of valves including cast steel, bronze, iron, gate, globe check, boiler, lever, lift and compressor check valves. The company has continued operations since the 19th century, changing ownership a few times, though is still in business in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Valve Company operates the Cincinnati Lunkenheimer Plant and Foundry.

Lunkenheimer Valve Company constructed their sizable South Fairmount facility to accommodate their growing business in the region, and the buildings themselves were built at a time when asbestos was a common insulator on factory floors, and throughout the facility. As a result, many Lunkenheimer employees were exposed to asbestos at the workplace and are at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Former workers at Lunkenheimer Valve at the Cincinnati plant and foundry have been diagnosed with lung cancer, mesothelioma cancer, and other asbestos-related illnesses. 

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio asbestos lawyer investigating mesothelioma and lung cancer claims for former Cincinnati Valve Company workers. The Firm works nationally and accepts cases on full contingency to eliminate the financial risk from the family.  


Asbestos Materials in Lukenheimer Products and Packing

Among other evidence and testimony from former workers describing a hazardous work site, Lunkenheimer Valve company catalogs from the 1970s show that asbestos was commonly used in gaskets and packing materials The packing is described as the following:

  • Teflon impregnated asbestos
  • Africa blue asbestos packing, mica impregnated
  • Graphited asbestos containing an inconel wire insert
  • Braided asbestos jacket

Asbestos Exposure at Lunkenheimer Plant and Foundry

Asbestos was regularly used in factories and foundries like Lunkenheimer Valve for insulation and fire-resistance measures. Because these toxic materials can be difficult to locate, workers may have come in close contact with asbestos on a daily basis and not even realized it. The Lunkenheimer plant was occupied for many years, and deteriorated areas around the facilities may have been the most dangerous asbestos hazards, probably around the following locations:

  • Cement piping
  • Corrugated paper pipe wrap
  • Pipe and boiler insulation
  • Spray-applied fireproofing
  • Damaged drywall or plaster
  • Soundproofing materials
  • Floor tiles or ceiling panels
  • Aging heating equipment
  • Peeling paint
  • Vinyl tiles and flooring
  • Caulk and construction adhesives
  • Joint compounds and textured paints
  • Furnace and radiator insulation
  • Roofing, shingles and siding

Lunkenheimer Workers at Risk for Lung Cancer

Any worker who walked through or worked in a building lined with asbestos insulation risks at least a small level occupational exposure. Medical studies show, however, that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Some Lunkenheimer employees were at a higher risk of inhaling asbestos fibers.

Workers who directly handled asbestos packing materials and products were heavily exposed. Boiler room and furnace maintenance crew were also at high risk in enclosed areas. Factory machines may have also contained asbestos insulation, putting any machinist at risk. Some other positions are also considered high-risk:

  • Lathe and drill press operators
  • Grinding operators—any workers polishing product surfaces
  • Maintenance Crews
  • Boiler room workers
  • Insulators
  • Warehouse part pickers
  • Shipping employees

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

The fibers from asbestos can be lodged in the lungs, causing scarring and tumors. Inhaled asbestos fibers can lay dormant in the lungs for decades, eventually leading to cancer and mesothelioma.
By the time symptoms appear, mesothelioma has most likely advanced to a later cancer stage. Symptoms of mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer may include the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Persistent cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Lumps of tissue on chest and abdomen
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Weight loss

Legal Action for Lunkenheimer Valve Workers

Many former Cincinnati area workers have been diagnosed with asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related diseases. For workers at Lunkenheimer and other manufacturing facilities, there was also the possibility of contaminating the home with asbestos attached to clothing and the body. Entire families could find themselves at risk.

Because of the common use of asbestos at factory work sites, many Ohio workers affected by asbestos-related diseases are seeking financial compensation through litigation. Attorneys for mesothelioma victims contend that management knew about health hazards of asbestos and failed to warn or protect employees.


Lunkenheimer Valve Workers Settlements

Former workers who have been diagnosed with lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis or mesothelioma can file claims and seek compensation. The Lyon Firm can assist and has experience in reaching valuable settlements.

Questions about Cincinnati Valve Company & 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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