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Thousands of retired and current employees in Brook Park, Ohio Ford Motor facilities are at risk of developing dangerous health issues as a result of asbestos exposure.

The Cleveland Engine Plant Number 1 opened in 1951, and a Cleveland Engine Plant Number 2 opened in 1955. For the next 60 years, several thousand Ford plant employees were hired and subsequently exposed to asbestos in the production facilities, as well as different types of asbestos-containing auto parts.

For much of that time, health professionals warned employers and workers about the dangers of auto plant asbestos exposure, though many companies, including Ford Motor, failed to heed the warnings and properly protect their employees.

A study published nearly 40 years ago by the Journal of Occupational Medicine concluded automobile manufacturing employees have an increased risk of lung cancer.

With this knowledge that workers were facing dire health hazards, corporations like Ford carried on manufacturing and chose not to warn employees of the risks.

Nearly any worker in an Ohio auto plant could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

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


Ford Plant Employee Cancer Risk


The majority of Ford Motors’ recent major injury lawsuits implicates the company’s asbestos-containing brake linings and clutch facings. Any person handling these products, or facing direct exposure, is at risk of developing a future illness, including factory line workers, brake and clutch assemblers, and warehouse employees.

Many factory workers at the Brook Park, Ohio plants faced an occupational exposure. These production sites were built with asbestos bricks, drywall, and heating and water pipes. And some employees were even at a higher risk. The Ford Brook Park, Ohio occupations most endangered by asbestos include the following:

  • Brake and Clutch assemblers
  • Boiler workers
  • Lathe operators
  • Drill press operators
  • Grinding operators—any workers polishing product surfaces
  • Assembly line workers
  • Maintenance Crews
  • Welders
  • Machinists
  • Warehouse workers

Auto Industry Asbestos Exposure


Ford Motor and other Ohio auto companies used asbestos in auto parts and buildings because of its heat-resistant quality. But when these asbestos-containing parts begin to break down through friction, asbestos dust can fill factory floors and warehouses.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) warns that asbestos dust and fibers can spread far and wide, up to 75 feet from the point of initial disruption.

As of the 1990’s Ford still used asbestos some capacity in brake systems. Asbestos linings are also still used in certain imports models. Other common auto parts that may pose a health risk include the following:

  • Adhesives
  • Transmissions—manual and automatic
  • Clutch Linings
  • Brake Linings
  • Engine housing
  • Gaskets

Ford Plant Locations in Ohio


Ford plant employees may have been exposed to asbestos products at Brook Park, or at other Ohio Ford manufacturing sites, including:

  • Cleveland Engine—Brook Park, OH
  • Lima Engine—Lima, OH
  • Sharonville Transmission—Sharonville, OH
  • Ohio Assembly—Avon Lake, Ohio
  • Canton Forge Plant—Canton, OH
  • Batavia Transmission—Batavia, OH
  • Cleveland Casting—Brook Park, OH

Ohio Ford Plant Asbestos


When inhaled, asbestos fibers can become lodged in the tissue surrounding the lungs and cause permanent scarring. The embedded fibers can later cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Asbestos-related diseases may present with a variety of symptoms, and may not show until many years after exposure. Due to a long latency period, many former Ford workers may not be diagnosed for up to decades after exposure.
Signs and symptoms of lung cancer and mesothelioma typically include:

  • Chest Pain
  • Cough
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Trouble swallowing and breathing
  • Swelling of the abdomen

Legal Action for Brook Park, Ohio Victims


The majority of the numerous lawsuits filed against Ford Motor Company involve the use of asbestos in its brakes, clutches, transmissions and factory building materials. Brake linings may have contained up to 40 to 60 percent asbestos fibers. The linings were often ground and sanded, causing asbestos fibers to enter the air where it was inhaled by employees.

Employees of the Brook Park, Ohio plants who have been exposed to an unsafe work environment may have been put at risk with various dangerous products.

If former or current workers in Ohio Ford plants have been ill and diagnosed with lung conditions, it may be a result of occupational asbestos exposure. Affected employees have a valid claim against their employers, and should consider seeking experienced legal assistance.

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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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