American Tool Works Employees in Ohio May Face Cancer Risk
The American Tool Works Company, operating out of Hamilton, Ohio, is the successor to Lodge, Davis Machine Tool Company, and a large regional employer and manufacturer of lathes and other heavy industrial equipment.
The American Tool Works company has managed production facilities in Cincinnati and Hamilton, Ohio for many decades, and many of the buildings contained asbestos as an insulator. As a result, many American Tool Works employees were exposed to asbestos, and are at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Some American Tool Works lathes and other equipment manufactured before the 1980s may have contained asbestos materials. Workers and end-users may have risked injury due to asbestos exposure—most injury claims are related to exposures occurring before the 1980s.
Several lawsuits have been filed in recent years against manufacturers of industrial equipment, targeting the companies responsible for endangering the health of workers in Ohio and around the nation.
Former Ohio workers at American Tool Works have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, and other asbestos-related illnesses.
Asbestos in American Tool Works
Industrial lathes, which rotate a product on its axis so that workers can reach all of its sides, commonly contained asbestos insulation around their friction components. Frequent use of such machines wears down insulation, and loose asbestos fibers become an exposure hazard when workers are not wearing protective clothing and equipment.
Asbestos was also utilized in factories like American Tool Works as heating, boiler and pipe insulation. American Tool Works buildings may have been scattered with deteriorated insulation around the facilities, and provided several asbestos hazards, possibly around the following locations:
• Lathes and other grinding machines
• Cement piping
• Pipe and boiler insulation
• Spray-applied fireproofing
• Damaged drywall or plaster
• Floor tiles or ceiling panels
• Heating equipment
• Peeling paint
• Vinyl tiles and flooring
• Furnace and radiator insulation
American Workers Risk Mesothelioma
Employees working in buildings lined with asbestos insulation risk developing illnesses related to the asbestos exposure. Heavy asbestos exposure severely endangers a worker, though studies indicate that even a small level of occupational asbestos exposure may lead to cancer.
Factory floor workers constructing lathes and other asbestos-containing equipment are most likely at risk of serious asbestos exposure. Building maintenance crew and machine maintenance crew are also at a heightened risk. Factory machines, including lathes, grinders, and conveyor systems may have contained asbestos insulation, putting hundreds of workers at risk. Some American Tool Works positions considered high-risk:
Symptoms of Asbestos-Related Illness
Asbestos-related diseases and cancers may lay dormant for decades, and many workers may not be diagnosed for up to 40 years after initial exposure.
Symptoms of lung diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma may include:
• Chest Pain
• Painful cough
• Fever and fatigue
• Trouble breathing
• Trouble swallowing
• Swelling of the abdomen
Ohio Machine Tool Companies
• Lodge & Davis Machine Tool
• Curtis Manufacturing Co.
• Wyle Laboratories
• Fischer Industries
• White Consolidated Industries
• Bourn & Koch
Industries Served by American Tool
• Printing Press Manufacturers
• Paper Mills
• Food Manufacturer
• Industrial Manufacturers
• Defense Contractors
• Energy Equipment Manufacturers
• Die & Mold Shops
American Tool Works Lawsuits
Former employees at Hamilton, Ohio’s American Tool Works have developed asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related conditions. Because asbestos was used commonly in Ohio factories, many workers have been adversely affected by asbestos-related illnesses, and now require compensation to help pay for past and future medical costs.
Lawyers representing mesothelioma victims claim management knew about possible dangers of asbestos, but continued producing dangerous products because there were no legal consequences at the time.
Legal Representation For Employees
If you or a loved one have suffered an asbestos-related illness after working at the Hamilton, Ohio American Tool Works Company, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.