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Workers involved in the production of household and industrial chemicals, paints, sealants, coatings and refinishes are often exposed to toxic substances and end products that contain Benzene and other dangerous carcinogens, potentially increasing the risk of cancer and other health issues.
PPG Industries is one of the largest paint and coatings supplier in the country, employing thousands of Ohio and regional residents.

PPG manufacturers many commonly sold products with chemicals and solvents containing Benzene and other toxic carcinogens. Due to the fact that chronic occupational exposure to Benzene has been proven to increase the risk of certain cancers like acute myeloid leukemia (AML), PPG Industries workers may be in danger of future health issues.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer who has represented individuals nationwide in toxic tort claims.


PPG Cancer Risks


There are several notable medical studies that now link Benzene to forms of cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) lists Benzene as a high-level carcinogen. Increased risks of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) have been reported among paint production workers with high levels of Benzene exposure.

Chronic workplace exposure to paint and paint-related chemicals may cause an increased risk of cancer, according to a study published by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Further studies of paint workers exposed to Benzene and other solvents indicate high risks of stomach and esophageal cancers, cancer of the gall bladder, pancreatic cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, and multiple myeloma.


PPG Industries Ohio Chemical and Paint Facilities


PPG has a large presence in Ohio and employs thousands of residents, many of which my face health risks due to past and current occupational toxin exposure.

Ohio plants operated by PPG produce a number of industrial and household products, including a wide range of interior and exterior paints, specialty coatings and colorants, wood care, refinishes and high-performance automotive coatings.

PPG Industries has plants at the following locations:

•    Circleville, Ohio
•    Cleveland, Ohio
•    Delaware, Ohio
•    Euclid, Ohio
•    Huber Heights, Ohio
•    Huron, Ohio
•    Lima, Ohio
•    Milford, Ohio
•    Strongsville, Ohio


Airborne Toxins in PPG Facilities


Several potentially toxic chemicals are commonly used to produce paints, coatings, colorants, refinishes and sealants. Toxic chemicals at PPG workplaces may include:

•    Benzene
•    Silica
•    Formaldehyde
•    Styrene
•    Toluene
•    Xylene
•    Ethyl acetate
•    Methylene chloride
•    Aliphatic compounds
•    Ketones
•    Glycol ethers


Occupational Cancer Linked to Chemicals and Paints


Long-term exposure and regular inhalation of Benzene can cause a fatal cancer called Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Benzene exposure is most likely in the form of inhalation, though the toxin can also enter the body through skin absorption, and once in the blood, Benzene can severely damage bone marrow and blood forming cells, white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Benzene exposure at the workplace is linked to the following types of cancer:

•    Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
•    Lung Cancer
•    Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
•    Multiple Myeloma
•    Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
•    Breast Cancer
•    Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
•    Aplastic Anemia
•    Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
•    Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
•    Hairy Cell Leukemia
•    Hematologic cancer
•    Myelofibrosis and Myeloid Metaplasia

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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.

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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. 

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