American Electric Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits
Because of the extreme fire hazards at Ohio power plants, asbestos insulation was once thought to be the most effective solution to safety risks, and asbestos was regularly installed in the walls, pipes, boilers, electric and most machinery.
As a result, many American Electric Power Company workers may have been exposed to asbestos, possibly inhaling asbestos fibers, potentially causing serious cancers like mesothelioma.
Thousands of workers in power plants, especially welders, electricians, pipefitters and maintenance workers were in contact with insulated areas, and serious endangered. Workers exposed to asbestos fibers may develop scarring in the tissue surrounding the lungs, which is known to lead to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Thousands of former American Electric Power workers and other Ohio power plants workers have filed claims against their employers for failing to provide safe work environments and for failing to warn workers of the risks of the workplace.
Nearly any worker in an Ohio AEP power plant could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati asbestos lawyer and Ohio personal injury attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.
Asbestos in AEP Power Plants
The regular incidence of asbestos-related deaths has been documented globally in the power production industry. A study published by the British Journal of Industrial Medicine concludes that even minimal asbestos exposure experienced by power plant workers “may induce malignant mesothelioma.”
Aside from facilities being lined with asbestos, Ohio power plant workers raised their risk of exposure by wearing asbestos-containing protective clothing, including aprons, gloves and masks. The following asbestos-containing products were commonly used in Ohio power plants:
• Fire-resistant clothing
• Insulation in boiler rooms
• Electric cable insulation
• Fire blankets
• Metal mesh blankets
• Pipe insulation
• Welder’s blankets
American Electric Power Asbestos Exposure
A recent study published by the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology concluded that a vast number of employees in the power generation industry have an increased risk of exposure to asbestos, and may lead to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. The “high-risk” positions at the workplace may include the following:
Ohio American Electric Power Plants
• Conesville, Ohio
• Dresden, Ohio
• Beverly, Ohio—Closed in 2014
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Asbestos-related illnesses may take decades to present, so former workers of Ohio power plants should remain cognizant of possible signs and symptoms. Mesothelioma, which affects the tissue that surrounds the lungs, causes signs and symptoms that may include:
• Chest pain
• Painful coughing
• Shortness of breath
• Unusual lumps of tissue in the chest
• Weight loss
Compensation for Mesothelioma Cancer at AEP
Ohio ranks among the top ten states with people likely to develop deadly cancers such as mesothelioma decades after exposure at the workplace. The large number of power plants historically operating in Ohio is a serious health concern.
Lawyers claim management at many Ohio power plants knew about the adverse effects of asbestos, and failed to warn employees about the dangers, or provide proper safety equipment. American courts have found several power companies negligent in the past, and more lawsuits are likely to be filed as victims come forward.
Any person who may have been exposed to asbestos at an Ohio power plant can seek compensation for any related medical issue. Please contact an experienced attorney to see if you have a claim.
American Electric Power Lawsuits
If you or a loved one suffered an asbestos-related illness after working at American Electric Power Company or another Ohio power plant, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.