Owens Corning Asbestos Exposure & Related Cancers
Owens Corning, formerly known as Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation, was established as a partnership of two major American glasswork companies. Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning was the first company to manufacture fiberglass insulation. After years of expansion, Owens established dozens of manufacturing facilities throughout the country and employed thousands of workers in asbestos-filled plants.
Owens Corning, with over 15,000 employees worldwide, is currently the largest global manufacturer of fiberglass. The company has also become a leading producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and materials for composite systems. Current and former workers at Owens fiberglass plants could have put at great risk of developing asbestos-related diseases including respiratory illnesses, asbestosis, and a deadly cancer called mesothelioma. Employees at the following plant locations may have been exposed to serious amounts of asbestos:
- Owens Corning—Oxford, Ohio.
- Owens Corning—Toledo, Ohio.
- Owens Corning—Granville, Ohio.
- Owens Illinois glass—Perrysburg, Ohio
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.
Owens Corning Asbestos-Containing Products
Into the 1970s, Owens Corning manufactured and distributed several products that contained asbestos. These most common hazardous products included the following:
- Insulating cements
- Roofing tiles
- Siding panels
- Fiberglass panels
- Cold storage systems
- Kaylo pipe covering and block insulation
Factory workers who manufactured these products, and laborers who worked with the finished products in a variety of ways, were exposed to asbestos dust and fibers when they cut, sawed or handled the materials.
The Hazards of Owens Corning Asbestos Products
A myriad of medical research has warned that inhaling dust and particles from the manipulation of asbestos-containing materials places workers at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer. Even those who avoid direct contact with asbestos materials remain at risk for the development of asbestos-related diseases.
The multiple uses of Owens Corning asbestos insulation make it such a widespread health concern. The products have been used to cover water piping, chemical and steam lines, and boilers utilized nationwide in commercial, residential and industrial buildings. Owens Corning asbestos-containing pipe insulation was even widely used in U.S. Naval vessels, endangering Navy veterans, plumbers, steamfitters, boilermakers, and insulators. Any Navy personnel involved in the maintenance or repair of Owens Corning asbestos pipe insulation are at serious risk for developing lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma and Asbestos-Related Diseases
Mesothelioma affects the tissue surrounding the lungs and causes signs and symptoms that may include:
- Chest pain
- Painful coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin
- Weight loss
- Severe inflammation
Symptoms of mesothelioma may vary depending on where the cancer occurs. If any symptoms seem unusual or persistent, please get evaluated and alert a medical professional if you’ve been exposed to asbestos.
Owens Corning Asbestos Litigation —Compensation for Victims
Owens Corning has been named in thousands of lawsuits over the hazards of its insulation products. In 2006, the company created the Owens Corning Asbestos Personal Injury Trust, which has already paid out hundreds of millions to victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Ohio attorneys allege the company knew about the dangers of asbestos, but failed to warn workers about the hazards of toxic exposure. Lawyers say the company knew about the hazards but they chose to advertise the products as safe.
In 1997, a Florida jury awarded over $30 million in damages after a former Owens Corning worker developed mesothelioma. The court determined Owens Corning concealed information concerning asbestos hazards for decades.
Employers in Ohio have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment to their employees. When they fail to protect their workers, they must compensate their former employees. Former Owens Corning workers in Ohio who have developed health issues may have substantial claims. Please do not hesitate to seek medical and legal assistance.
Legal Action Following Owens Corning Asbestos Exposure
If you or a loved one suffered an asbestos-related illness after working at Owens Corning Company or another manufacturer of asbestos-containing products, 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 critical questions regarding Owens Corning Asbestos Exposure.