Former Harrison Radiator Workers Face Cancer Risk
Employees of the Harrison Radiator Corporation in Dayton, Ohio may have been exposed to asbestos at the workplace, and now find themselves at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Harrison Radiator was a large manufacturer of automotive radiators as well as cooling equipment for automotive, marine, industrial, nuclear, and aerospace applications. In time, Harrison became a division of General Motors (GM), and supplied the auto giant with components like air conditioning units, some of which contained asbestos materials, putting workers at Harrison at high risk.
In the 1990s, General Motors reorganized, and created separate but intertwined companies—Delphi Automotive Systems, Delco, AC Delco, Moraine Products Division, Delco Appliance Corp., Delco Electric, Delco-Moraine NDH, Delco Chassis Division, Delphi Automotive—the Harrison Radiator company was thereby renamed Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems.
Working at the Harrison and Delphi plants in Dayton, Ohio involved inherent health risks because of the nature of automotive and thermal insulation manufacturing. Asbestos was regularly used in not only many of the products, but in the production facilities themselves.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.
Workers in Auto Industry at Heightened Risk for Asbestos Exposure
A study published by the Journal of Occupational Medicine concluded auto maker employees have an increased risk of cancer. This has been public knowledge for decades. But even knowing that workers were facing severe added health hazards, corporations like Harrison Radiator and GM continued manufacturing asbestos-containing products, and failed to warn or properly protect employees.
Asbestos was used in numerous materials during the manufacturing process at Harrison Radiator. Asbestos was utilized so commonly because it was cheap and effective as an insulator and was fire resistant. Into the late 1970s, buildings and factories were constructed with asbestos block insulation, pipe covering, boiler insulation, and cement.
Asbestos breaks down over time, and needs to be replaced to remain effective. Thus, the asbestos insulation was manually removed and reapplied, causing asbestos dust to become airborne. Maintenance workers performing these tasks were unaware of the dangers of exposure to the asbestos dust and often worked without masks or protective clothing. All this heavy exposure to asbestos may lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.
Companies Associated with Harrison Radiator Corp.
• General Motors
• AC Delco
• Moraine Products Division
• Delco Appliance Corp.
• Delco Electric
• Delco-Moraine NDH
• Delco Chassis Division
• Delphi Automotive
Symptoms of Mesothelioma and Asbestos-Caused Illness
Symptoms of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases may not present for more than 30 years after first exposure. When a patient shows symptoms, they may include the following:
• Pain in the chest and back
• Painful cough
• Trouble breathing
• Excessive sweating
• Weight loss
• Trouble swallowing
Compensation for Harrison Radiator Workers
Asbestos-containing materials and products filled the production areas of Harrison Radiator. Asbestos-containing material was wrapped around valves, boilers, pumps and piping. The products were directly handled by staff, and when asbestos building insulation and machine equipment was repaired or replaced, the process released asbestos fibers, which workers commonly inhaled.
As a result, many Harrison Radiator workers, Delphi Automotive and General Motors workers in the Dayton area have filed asbestos-related claims against their former employers and have been awarded large settlements. General Motors has been targeted in many major injury lawsuits. The company knowingly purchased parts containing asbestos from third-party companies like Harrison and Delphi, exposing consumers and employees to dangerous products. The number of Dayton, Ohio area victims is still growing, and experienced lawyers in Ohio are currently handling hundreds of valuable claims against Harrison, Delphi and GM.
Legal Representation for Harrison Radiator Workers
If you or a loved one suffered an asbestos-related illness after working at Harrison Radiator, Delphi Automotive in Dayton, Ohio or another GM 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.