Asbestos lawyer and mesothelioma attorney reviews steel worker Asbestos Exposure for plaintiffs nationwide
Former workers in Ohio and Kentucky steel plants may have been exposed to asbestos materials, and as a result may develop related lung diseases, including deadly conditions such as pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
In the past, several medical studies have warned that workers in the metal and steel industry are at an increased risk for developing dangerous asbestos-related diseases. Health agencies around the world have called steel mill workers a “high-risk work group” because of the dangerous work conditions associated with the industry. Asbestos has been widely used in many forms in steel operations, and poses a danger because when inhaled, the fibers from asbestos can get lodged in the lungs and cause scarring and deadly tumors.
Hundreds of former workers at Ohio and Kentucky steel plants have been diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma cancer. Since asbestos fibers can become attached to the body and clothes at the workplace, there is a chance that workers also contaminated their homes. Current employees of steel companies are urged to monitor their health as they may suffer from dangerous occupational diseases.
Any former worker at an Ohio or Kentucky Steel plant could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Joe Lyon is a highly rated personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.
Asbestos Materials in the Steel Industry
Almost every steel company in the United States used asbestos materials in the past as an insulator, mainly because of its fire and heat resistance. Employees who worked in high-temperature settings at Ohio and Kentucky steel plants probably wore protective garments made of asbestos, including coats, gloves, aprons, and even facemasks.
Steel workers asbestos exposure was likely with large amounts toxic material on the job. Some estimates note that up until the 1980s asbestos was added to thousands of building and consumer products, many used in the steel industry. Asbestos was commonly used in machinery insulation and in the following equipment:
- Hot blast stoves
- Rolling mills
- Steam pipes
Signs & Symptoms of Mesothelioma
When asbestos fibers are inhaled into the lungs, they permanently damage the tissue surrounding the lungs. This can later develop into lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. By the time the first serious symptoms appear, mesothelioma may have already reached an advanced stage. Mesothelioma cases are often diagnosed up to 40 years after a worker’s initial asbestos exposure. Symptoms of mesothelioma can vary, though they usually include the following:
- Pain in the chest and ribs
- Persistent cough
- Trouble breathing
- Trouble swallowing
- Mysterious lumps on the chest and abdomen
Cancer & Steel Worker Asbestos Risk
Steel workers in Ohio and Kentucky and in factories around the country have likely been exposed to asbestos and other toxins. There are jobs that may have been more at health risk than others in the industry. Steel plant positions most commonly exposed to asbestos may include:
- Pipefitter & Plumber
- Maintenance Crew
Potential Asbestos Exposure Sources in Kentucky
- AK Steel-Armco Steel Corporation
- AK Steel-Ashland Coke Plant
- Ashland Steel Works
- Kentucky Electric Steel Mill
- Solvay Coke Company
- Norton Iron Works
- Anaconda Aluminum
- Reynolds Metals Company
- Newport Steel Corporation
- Green River Steel Company
- Inland Steel
Steel Worker Asbestos Exposure
Several Kentucky steel companies, including Ashland Steel Works and AK Steel-Armco have been targeted in asbestos litigation for exposing their workers to toxic materials. Victims and attorneys contend that steel corporations knew the potential health dangers of asbestos products and failed to properly warn and protect employees to the best of their ability.
Steel plants are responsible for keeping a safe working environment for employees, and if this duty is not met, corporations may be sued for negligence and compensation may be sought by personal injury victims and their families.
If you or a loved one has suffered an asbestos-related illness after working at an Ohio or Kentucky 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 steel worker asbestos health risks.