B F Goodrich Workers Exposed Ohio Workers to Asbestos
For decades, B.F. Goodrich operated in Akron, Ohio, once known as the “Rubber Capital of the World.” But despite of the great economic success of the rubber industry, thousands of former BF Goodrich employees in Akron’s tire plant were exposed to toxic materials at the workplace, including asbestos.
Asbestos was a common industrial insulator for decades because it is strong and resistant to heat, flame, and corrosion, and is now proven to be a dangerous carcinogen, causing various illnesses and cancers, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Employees who worked at B.F. Goodrich plants or throughout the rubber manufacturing industry may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma cancer.
Unfortunately, even with the knowledge that workers were facing serious health hazards, corporations like B.F. Goodrich carried on manufacturing dangerous products, and failed to warn employees of the risks.
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.
Common Forms of Occupational Exposure
Regardless of their position, most factory workers in the past faced some form of exposure to asbestos. Production plants were often filled with so much asbestos that workers could have been exposed in the cafeteria just as much as on the factory floor.
Office workers who never directly handled any asbestos materials, and only occasionally walked through manufacturing areas were at risk, and have developed asbestos-related illnesses.
If a worker spent only two weeks in areas with the highest concentration of asbestos, that would be enough to be considered high-risk. But when you consider the fact that some spent decades in these same positions, it becomes clear how big the issue has become.
Hazards to B F Goodrich Workers Nationwide
The B.F. Goodrich Tire & Rubber Company is best known for producing automobile tires but it also manufactured a number of other products which contained asbestos, including adhesives, sealants, and aircraft components.
B.F. Goodrich also provided the marine industry with various asbestos products, sold under the brand names of Superheat and Vulcalock.
Around the country, conveying systems built by Goodrich, including transportation belts and belt drives, contained asbestos. Over time, the belts frayed and asbestos entered the air. Even the conveying machines contained asbestos insulation around friction-generating components. Regardless of their position, many factory workers faced an occupational exposure.
B.F Goodrich Company Plant Locations in Ohio
Symptoms of Asbestos-Related Illness
Asbestos-related cancers have a long latency period, and workers may not be diagnosed until many years after exposure. When they do present, symptoms of lung diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma may include:
• Chest Pain
• Trouble swallowing
• Swelling of the abdomen
B.F. Goodrich Lawsuits and Settlements
Numerous plaintiffs around the country have claims against B.F. Goodrich, many stemming from past occupational exposure to asbestos in toxic work sites or products containing asbestos.
Many former employees worked for up to 40 years at a dangerous workplace without ever knowing they were at certain risk. Tire plant workers, employees of chemical production companies, auto mechanics, shipyards and military installations were all put at risk by B.F. Goodrich and its products.
Because there have been so many claims and lawsuits filed, an Asbestos Trust worth $80 million was set up in 2004 after a class action settlement was reached with attorneys representing thousands of U.S. rubber workers with asbestos claims. The fund is supposed to cover many Akron-area rubber and auto workers who died or later fell ill from asbestos exposure.
Legal Action—Compensation for Victims
In almost any B.F. Goodrich rubber and chemical facility in the last 50 years, asbestos fibers may have been released into the air and easily inhaled or ingested, and lodged in the lungs of employees. This may lead to the development of cancers, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Employees of B.F. Goodrich and other rubber plants may have been put at risk by their employers and various manufacturers of toxic products. If former B.F. Goodrich employees have fallen ill, or have been diagnosed with lung conditions, it may be a result of asbestos exposure. Affected employees may have a claim against B.F. Goodrich, and may consider seeking medical and legal assistance.
B F Goodrich Workers Lawsuits
If you or a loved one are B F Goodrich Workers and suffered an asbestos-related illness after working at B.F. Goodrich or another Ohio rubber plant, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.