Babcock Wilcox Asbestos Products put Employees at Risk of Developing Mesothelioma
Babcock & Wilcox used asbestos in their steam boilers, utility and marine boilers, refractory products and various other products, putting employees and end users at risk of developing related illnesses like lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.
The use of asbestos was common and even encouraged by the U.S. government at that time, and the majority of B&W boilers contained asbestos insulation. The insulated boiler systems were meant to protect users and equipment from high temperatures, but history shows how toxic the product materials could be to the personal health of anybody in close vicinity to B&W systems.
Babcock & Wilcox only stopped using asbestos when the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) made the dangers to personal health clear. However, the decision to stop using the toxic insulation was long after the damage was done.
Thousands of former workers and users of asbestos products were injured for years, many of whom are still ill from exposure. Patients are being diagnosed with lung cancer and mesothelioma decades after exposure, demonstrating the terrible consequences of asbestos use.
Babcock & Wilcox Asbestos Materials
Babcock & Wilcox used asbestos insulation, gaskets and heat seals in their power generation equipment, utility boilers, and marine boilers. Below is a list of some popular asbestos containing products:
• B&W Gauges
• B&W Marine Boilers
• B&W Furnace Boilers
• B&W Integral Furnace Boilers
• B&W Pulverizers
• B&W Steam Boilers
• B&W Insulating Firebrick
Babcock Wilcox Asbestos Products
Babcock & Wilcox steam boilers were popular in several different industries. They were installed in many power plants, manufacturing facilities, ships, and oil refineries. Anyone who worked in close proximity to B&W boilers could develop asbestos-related illnesses like asbestosis and mesothelioma.
The industries where workers were mostly likely exposed to asbestos from Babcock & Wilcox boiler and refractory products include the following:
• Aerospace and aviation industries
• Chemical industry
• Insulation manufacturers
• Steel production companies
• Maritime companies
• Naval installations
• Shipbuilding industry
• Utility companies
Babcock & Wilcox Ohio Plant Locations
• Alliance, Ohio
• Barberton, Ohio
• Euclid, Ohio
• Lancaster, Ohio
B&W Asbestos-Containing Products
Employees who built, installed and repaired boilers and other Babcock Wilcox asbestos products were likely exposed to asbestos while on job sites.
The company’s line of refractory products and boilers also endangered end users and maintenance crews.
The boilers were common for use in Navy vessels, power plants and nuclear facilities. Workers in a variety of occupations were at risk for inhaling harmful asbestos fibers. Boilermakers, shipbuilders, electricians, plumbers, steamfitters and were most likely to be exposed to asbestos products. Occupations at the highest risk for asbestos exposure include:
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Those who develop mesothelioma may show no signs of illness for up to decades after their first exposure. Also, by the time symptoms present, mesothelioma has most likely reached an advanced stage.
Studies show that inhaling asbestos fibers severely scars and damages tissue surrounding the lungs. This can serve as the primary source for victims who develop lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Symptoms of mesothelioma can be varied and may include the following:
• Pain in the chest and rib area
• Persistent cough
• Trouble breathing
• Lumps of tissue on the chest and abdomen
• Abdominal swelling and pain
• Weight loss
It is recommended that former workers at Babcock & Wilcox contact medical professionals if they suspect past exposure to asbestos.
Babcock Wilcox Asbestos Lawsuits
Babcock & Wilcox first faced asbestos-related personal injury claims in the 1980s. While the company did not manufacture asbestos products, many of its boilers were constructed with asbestos materials. As a result, workers who built or maintained asbestos-containing boilers began to develop respiratory illnesses such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. B&W settled tens of thousands of asbestos claims by 2000, costing the company nearly $1.6 billion.
Over several decades of asbestos lawsuits, courts awarded numerous judgments in favor of plaintiffs harmed or killed by the company’s products. The company has been named as a defendant in countless asbestos cases involving veterans of the Navy and other industries.
If you or a loved one suffered an asbestos-related illness after working at Babcock & Wilcox, 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 critical questions regarding asbestos exposure settlements.