Aerospace Workers at Risk of Radiation-Related Cancer


The risk of cancer among persons exposed to ionizing radiation in the workplace has been a subject of study since the 1940s, when increased mortality from leukemia was reported among working radiologists. Since then, numerous studies have identified an elevated cancer risk among various occupationally exposed groups, such as aerospace workers at industrial facilities, like General Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Employees at General Electric in Ohio, and other aerospace companies and contractors around the country may be regularly exposed to dangerous ionizing radiation, which can lead to the development of several deadly cancers including brain tumor formation called glioblastoma.

Glioblastoma (GBM) is a common malignant brain tumor in American adults, often developed after occupational exposure of ionizing radiation. The cancer is quite deadly, with a median survival time of 12 to 15 months. Each year in the United States, about 23,000 new patients are diagnosed with brain cancer and 16,000 deaths are reported from brain and other central nervous system cancers.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Lawyer who has represented individuals nationwide in personal injury claims, and is currently representing former General Electric employees. If you have been exposed to Ionizing Radiation, and have questions about your legal rights, please contact The Lyon Firm.


American Aerospace Corporations

General Electric Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio is large employer, though is only a part of the entire aerospace industry in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that the aerospace industry employs around 444,000 American workers. The following large companies employ the majority of employees in the industry:

  • General Electric
  • Boeing Corp.
  • NASA
  • Raytheon
  • Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • United Technologies
  • Northrop Grumman

Aerospace Workers Cancer Cases

The risk of developing brain cancers like glioblastoma increases with occupational exposure, and studies show risk increases in certain groups exposed to ionizing radiation. Radiation exposure can occur from ingesting, inhaling, injecting, or absorbing radioactive materials. The following cancer causing agents have been identified at several industrial facilities, including aerospace research and production plants like General Electric Aviation in Ohio:

  • Radiation
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Crystalline silica
  • 1,2-dichloroethane
  • Ethylbenzene
  • Asbestos
  • Methylene chloride
  • Nickel
  • Sulphuric acid
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Welding fume

Welding may generate a possible exposure to a number of different toxic metals. Welding in the aerospace workplace presents additional cancer risks for individuals. A concentration of airborne radiation has been measured in industries that use a radioactive thorium rod in welding operations. Radiation exposure can be amplified and is a serious concern for welders and any nearby employee.


General Electric & Aerospace Workers Lawsuits

Employees who worked at General Electric Co. in Evendale, Ohio, from January, 1961 through June 30, 1970, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, are included in a Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) because of proven exposure to cancer-causing agents. Employees may file a claim if they have developed at least one of 22 “specified cancers” as a result of working at General Electric Aviation.

Current employees and employees unqualified under those specific dates, though have developed occupational diseases and cancers due to radiation exposure, should contact experienced medical and legal professionals in Ohio.


Cancers Associated with Radiation Exposure

The following types of cancer are associated with ionizing radiation exposure:

  • Bone cancer
  • Renal cancers
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Lymphomas (other than Hodgkin’s disease)
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Brain cancer—glioblastomas
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gall bladder cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pharynx cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Bladder cancer

Aerospace Workers Settlements

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If you or a loved one suffered Glioblastoma or anther cancer due to Ionizing Radiation Exposure at General Electric or another Aerospace facility, 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.

The Lyon Firm is also dedicated to representing those affected by Fernald Radiation at the Fernald, Ohio Feed Materials Production Center and the surrounding area.