Benzene May Cause Cancer (AML) in Ohio Tire & Rubber Workers
As early as the 1940s, an American Petroleum Institute study warned that no “safe” level of occupational benzene exposure exists. Benzene is particularly dangerous because it can take years from an initial exposure date until rubber and tire workers develop any symptoms of benzene-related blood cancers like Acute Myeloid Lymphoma (AML).
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Ohio was the site of an important benzene study by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the 1970s. The research identified a serious leukemia risk for Ohio workers exposed to the chemical. Benzene is thought to double the risk of developing forms of leukemia like Acute Myeloid Lymphoma (AML).
In the 1980s, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a rubber industry study that evaluated toxicologic industrial hygiene data, and concluded that “sufficient” evidence existed to associate leukemia with occupational solvent (Benzene) exposure in the rubber industry.
A 2014 study published by the International Journal of Occupational Hygiene estimated that 68 percent of workers in tire and rubber plants exceed the current exposure limit, set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO). Significant exposures to occupational carcinogens such as benzene are still seen in a large number of tire and rubber industry workers.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer who has represented individuals nationwide in toxic tort claims. If you have been exposed to Benzene, and have questions about your legal rights, please contact The Lyon Firm.
Many rubber production steps use heat in the process, allowing benzene and other fumes to escape from the products. Workers near the production line while rubber products or tires are being manufactured are subject to inhaling high amounts of benzene during their shifts. Some agents that may contain toxins include the following:
• Oils (process and extender)
• Organic vulcanizers
• Pigment blends
• Antitack agents
• Chemical byproducts
• Reinforcing agents
• Curing fumes
The following Ohio tire and rubber manufacturers may have put workers at a high risk of developing some forms of cancer like Acute Myeloid Leukemia after exposure to Benzene and other dangerous toxins:
• B.F. Goodrich
• Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
• Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
• Bridgestone Tires
• Wilson Tire Company
• Ohio Rubber Co.
• RCA Rubber Co.
• Custom Rubber Corp.
• BRP Manufacturing Co.
• Lauren Manufacturing Co.
• Universal Polymer & Rubber
• Keener Rubber
If you or a loved one has suffered from Acute Myeloid Leukemia or another illness due to Benzene Exposure and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.