Cincinnati Asbestos Lawyer Reviews LTV Republic Steel Asbestos Exposure for former workers diagnosed with lung cancer, mesothelioma, pulmonary fibrosis and asbestosis
There is a strong possibility that former Ohio steel workers in the plants of LTV Steel, were exposed to asbestos, and may develop a variety of related illnesses, including deadly cancers such as lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma.
Republic-LTV Steel, founded in Youngstown, Ohio, was once the third largest steel producer in the country. Like many outfits in the steel industry, Republic-LTV Steel commonly used asbestos as an insulator in it factories because of its strong fire resistance.
However, for many years, asbestos went unregulated and posed terrible risks to workers. As the asbestos-containing materials aged, asbestos fibers were often released into the air and inhaled by workers in the steel mills.
Asbestos fibers are especially hazardous because they can be lodged in the lungs, causing scarring, and in many cases, malignant tumors. Many former workers at Republic-LTV Steel plants at Lorain, OH, Canton, OH, Warren, OH, Niles, OH, Massillon, OH and Newton Falls, OH have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Asbestos lawyer and Ohio toxic exposure attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of Republic Steel Asbestos and mesothelioma claims.
Asbestos Found on Steel Plant Sites
Steel mill workers at Republic-LTV were likely exposed to asbestos through asbestos garments, including protective coats, leggings, gloves aprons, coveralls and facemasks.
Even if they were not part of the manufacturing process, workers at Republic-LTV may have been exposed to asbestos and risked developing mesothelioma from toxic building materials such as refractory bricks, floor and ceiling tiles, and insulated pipes. Asbestos insulation was wrapped around hot pipes, furnaces, ovens, tanks, generators, rolling mills, cranes and boilers.
Also, since asbestos fibers can attach themselves to clothes at the workplace, there was a chance of contaminating the home, putting family members at risk.
Republic Steel Asbestos Exposure
Steel plants presented health risks to all workers. Toxic exposure may lead to severe health risks in the future. Republic-LTV Steel had large Ohio plant operations in the following cities:
- Newton Falls, Ohio
- Massillon, Ohio
- Warren, Ohio
- Canton, Ohio
- Niles, Ohio
- Lorain, Ohio
Other Ohio steel plants with known asbestos use on plant sites include:
- U.S. Steel Corp.—Lorain, OH
- Armco-AK Steel—Middletown, OH
- Youngstown Sheet &Tube—Youngstown, OH
- Dayton Malleable Iron—Ironton, OH
- Aluminum Smelting—Maple Heights, OH
- Empire-Reeves/Detroit Steel Corporation—Mansfield, OH
- Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel
Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Those who develop mesothelioma may show no signs of illness for many years after their first exposure. Cases of mesothelioma are often diagnosed 30 years or more after a worker was first exposed to asbestos. However, by the time symptoms appear, mesothelioma has most likely reached an advanced stage.
Studies show that inhaling asbestos fibers damages tissue surrounding the lungs. This could 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
- Mysterious lumps of tissue on the chest and abdomen
- Stomach pains
- Swelling of the abdomen
- Weight loss
Occupational Asbestos Exposure
Most jobs in the metal works industry regularly faced the hazards of asbestos exposure. The types of steel plant positions at Lorain, Niles, Warren, Canton, Massillon and Newton Falls plants most commonly associated with exposure include:
- Pipefitter & Plumber
- Maintenance Crews
Republic Steel Asbestos Lawsuits
The American courts have recently held steel plants responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for workers. When steel companies have failed to meet basic safety responsibilities, they should compensate the victims of their negligent practice.
In April 2014, Republic-LTV Steel agreed to pay a $2.4 million fine to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), agreeing to settle alleged “health and safety violations” at three separate Ohio facilities, including Canton, Lorain and Massillon. The OSHA said they found over 100 violations of health and safety at the facilities, demonstrating a history of placing employees at risk.
Many Ohio steel plants, including Republic-LTV, Armco-AK Steel and Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel have been involved in asbestos litigation for exposing steel mill workers to toxic materials.
If you or a loved one suffered an asbestos-related illness like mesothelioma or lung cancer after working at Republic-LTV Steel or another steel 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 critical questions regarding Republic Steel Asbestos Exposure.