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Owens Corning Asbestos Exposure & Related Cancers


Owens Corning, formerly known as Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation, was established as a partnership of two major American glasswork companies. Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning was the first company to manufacture fiberglass insulation.

After years of expansion, Owens established dozens of manufacturing facilities throughout the country and employed thousands of workers in asbestos-filled plants.

Owens Corning, with over 15,000 employees worldwide, is currently the largest global manufacturer of fiberglass. The company has also become a leading producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and materials for composite systems.

Current and former workers at Owens fiberglass plants could have put at great risk of developing asbestos-related diseases including respiratory illnesses, asbestosis, and a deadly cancer called mesothelioma. Employees at the following plant locations may have been exposed to serious amounts of asbestos:

  • Owens Corning—Oxford, Ohio.
  • Owens Corning—Toledo, Ohio.
  • Owens Corning—Granville, Ohio.
  • Owens Illinois glass—Perrysburg, Ohio

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


Owens Corning Asbestos Products


Into the 1970s, Owens Corning manufactured and distributed several products that contained asbestos. These most common hazardous products included the following:

  • Insulating cements
  • Roofing tiles
  • Siding panels
  • Fiberglass panels
  • Cold storage systems
  • Kaylo pipe covering and block insulation

Factory workers who manufactured these products, and laborers who worked with the finished products in a variety of ways, were exposed to asbestos dust and fibers when they cut, sawed or handled the materials.

Various uses of asbestos insulation and roofing make it a concern for both consumers and employees. Asbestos products may have been used to cover water piping and boilers in commercial, residential and industrial buildings. Asbestos-containing pipe insulation was also commonly used in U.S. Naval vessels, endangering veterans, plumbers, boilermakers, and marine insulators.


Owens Corning Asbestos Products


A myriad of medical research has warned that inhaling dust and particles from the manipulation of asbestos-containing materials places workers at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer. Even those who avoid direct contact with asbestos materials remain at risk for the development of asbestos-related diseases.

The multiple uses of Owens Corning asbestos insulation make it such a widespread health concern. The products have been used to cover water piping, chemical and steam lines, and boilers utilized nationwide in commercial, residential and industrial buildings.

Owens Corning asbestos-containing pipe insulation was even widely used in U.S. Naval vessels, endangering Navy veterans, plumbers, steamfitters, boilermakers, and insulators.

Any Navy personnel involved in the maintenance or repair of Owens Corning asbestos pipe insulation are at serious risk for developing lung cancer or mesothelioma.


Symptoms of Mesothelioma & Asbestos Diseases


Mesothelioma affects the tissue surrounding the lungs and causes signs and symptoms that may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Painful coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin
  • Weight loss
  • Severe inflammation

Symptoms of mesothelioma may vary depending on where the cancer occurs. If any symptoms seem unusual or persistent, please get evaluated and alert a medical professional if you’ve been exposed to asbestos.


Owens Corning Lawsuits


Owens Corning has been named in thousands of lawsuits over the hazards of its insulation products. In 2006, the company created the Owens Corning Asbestos Personal Injury Trust, which has already paid out hundreds of millions to victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Ohio attorneys allege the company knew about the dangers of asbestos, but failed to warn workers about the hazards of toxic exposure. Lawyers say the company knew about the hazards but they chose to advertise the products as safe.

In 1997, a Florida jury awarded over $30 million in damages after a former Owens Corning worker developed mesothelioma. The court determined Owens Corning concealed information concerning asbestos hazards for decades.


Fibreboard Asbestos


When Owens Corning acquired Fibreboard Company in 1997, they assumed responsibility and personal injury liability for all Fibreboard products and subsequent illnesses and injuries.

The Fibreboard Company manufactured and distributed wood-based insulation materials, many of which contained asbestos, as well as asbestos cements, block insulation, flooring and roofing products, and pipe coverings that exposure thousands of Ohio laborers and veterans to toxic asbestos materials.

When employees at Fibreboard, Owens Corning, or any other manufacturer of asbestos products, the workers were at an elevated risk of later developing severe and fatal health consequences, including lung cancer, angiosarcoma, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.

When inhaled or ingested, asbestos fibers can lay dormant in the lungs for decades, scarring the tissue, and develop into mesothelioma and other cancers.

Fibreboard products are now known to have caused numerous injuries and Mesothelioma Cancer have hire Ohio toxic tort lawyers to file negligent workplace injury claims against Owens Corning Fibreboard for failing to protect employees and failing to warn workers of the risks.

As a terrible result of corporate negligence, thousands of construction workers, laborers, shipyard workers, demolition workers, U.S. military veterans and Fibreboard workers were exposed to asbestos for long, hazardous durations.

Fibreboard Company and Owens-Corning Fiberglass continued to produce asbestos-containing products long after safety authorities like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), World Health Organization (WHO) and  and American Cancer Society labeled asbestos a known cancer-causing toxin. The companies manufactured asbestos products like the following:

  • Fibreboard Pabco insulation
  • Kaylo Insulation
  • Kaylo heat insulating block
  • Kaylo Insulating Roofing Tiles
  • Kaylo Cold Storage Units
  • Mastic Adhesive Products

Owens Corning Asbestos Exposure


Current and former workers at fiberglass and insulation plants may be at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer or another asbestos-related disease after potential exposure to asbestos at the workplace.

Studies have proven that inhaling dust and fibers from asbestos-containing materials places workers at risk for developing asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer. Workers who handled products may have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibers when they cut, sawed or transported raw or finished materials.

Owens Corning has been a huge target for mesothelioma lawsuits as a result of the hazards of its asbestos products. In 2006, the company created an Asbestos Personal Injury Trust, designed to compensate victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Attorneys in Ohio and Kentucky allege the company knew the dangers of asbestos and still elected not to warn workers about the hazards. The company chose to continue manufacturing and market their products as safe.

Employers in Kentucky and Ohio have a duty to provide a safe working environment. Former workers in Kentucky with serious health issues may have substantial Asbestos exposure settlements and claims against the company.

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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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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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