Kyger Creek and Gavin Power Plant Asbestos Exposure. Employees at Risk of Mesothelioma Lung Cancer

Due to the fire-prone nature of generating power at the Gavin Power Plant and Kyger Creek power facilities, asbestos insulation was regularly installed throughout buildings in the machinery, walls, pipes, boilers, and electrical components.

As a result, many Ohio Valley Power plant workers have been exposed to asbestos, unknowingly inhaling toxic fibers, and potentially leading to serious diseases and cancers like mesothelioma.

Kyger Creek Power Station, located in Cheshire, Ohio, near the larger Gavin Power Plant, is owned and operated by Ohio Valley Electric. Any former employee of Ohio Valley Electric may suffer an asbestos-related illness years after working at the power facility.

In the past, Ohio power plant workers often risked toxic exposure by wearing protective clothing which contained asbestos—including protective coats, aprons, mitts and masks. The asbestos insulation in buildings and clothing broke down and released toxic fibers into the air, endangering workers throughout a number of Ohio work sites.

In the last 20 years, thousands of former employees of Kyger Creek, Gavin Plant and other Ohio power plants have filed claims against their employers for failing to provide safe work environments or warn workers of the deadly risks of asbestos in the workplace.

Nearly any worker in an Ohio power plant could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.

Power Plant Workers at High Asbestos Risk

Asbestos-related deaths have been well-documented in the global power industry. A recent study published by the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, reported that many employees were adversely affected in the power generation industry.

The study notes that the increased exposure to asbestos make several power plant occupations at high-risk of developing asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Ohio Power Plants with Asbestos

•    J.M. Stuart Station—Aberdeen, Ohio
•    W. H. Sammis Power Plant—Stratton, Ohio
•    Cardinal Power Station—Brilliant, Ohio
•    Conesville Power Station—Conesville, Ohio
•    William H. Zimmer Power Station—Moscow, Ohio
•    Hanging Rock Energy Facility—Ironton, Ohio
•    Perry Nuclear Generating Station—North Perry, Ohio
•    Miami Fort Power Station—North Bend, Ohio
•    Rolling Hills Generating Station—Wilkesville, Ohio
•    Darby Electric Generating Station—Mount Sterling, Oiho
•    Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station—Oak Harbor, Ohio
•    West Lorain Plant—Lorain, Ohio
•    Killen Station—Wrightsville, Ohio
•    Robert P Mone Plant—Convoy, Ohio
•    Fremont Energy Center—Fremont, Ohio
•    Dresden Plant—Dresden, Ohio
•    Madison Peaking Station—Lebanon, Ohio

Asbestos in Power Plants

Power plants like Kyger Creek and Gavin were once equipped with countless different asbestos products for what seemed to be practical reasons, however, when health concerns came to light, the plants found it difficult to transition to safe workplaces.

Tradesmen that worked at plants installing, repairing and replacing products and materials are at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. The following asbestos-containing products were commonly used in power plants:

•    Fire-resistant garments

•    Fireproofing steel work
•    Protection of electric cables
•    Electrical cloth
•    Fire blankets
•    Metal mesh blankets
•    Pipe coverings
•    Welder’s blankets
•    Gaskets
•    Packing material

High Risk Asbestos Occupations

An estimated 80 percent of all diagnosed mesothelioma cases reported contact with asbestos at a former workplace. Positions at Kyger Creek and Gavin that may have led to a higher risk of exposure at the workplace include:

•    Insulators
•    Laggers
•    Welders
•    Boiler operators
•    Pipefitters & Plumbers
•    Machinists
•    Mechanics
•    Electricians
•    Firefighters

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Workers exposed to asbestos may develop scarring in the tissue surrounding the lungs, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. These illnesses may take decades to surface, so any former worker of an Ohio power plant should be aware of possible symptoms.

Mesothelioma affects the tissue that surrounds the lungs, and causes symptoms that may include:

•    Chest pain
•    Fatigue
•    Painful coughing
•    Shortness of breath
•    Lumps of tissue under the skin of the chest
•    Unexplained weight loss

Ohio Lung Cancer Lawsuits

Many mesothelioma victims in Ohio develop the deadly cancer decades after exposure at the workplace. Lawyers claim many power companies that ran Kyger Creek and Gavin Plant knew about the deadly potential of asbestos exposure.

Ohio power plant workers diagnosed with mesothelioma have complained that they were not given any warning, training or protective gear when handling, installing, repairing, or removing asbestos at the workplace. American courts continue to find several companies negligent and compensate victims.

If you or a loved one suffered an asbestos-related illness after working at Kyger Creek, Gavin Power Plant or another Ohio power 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.