Workers who have regularly used Liquid Wrench or other dangerous solvents at the workplace for decades may develop serious health issues, including cancers of the kidney, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Liquid Wrench and other petroleum-based products regular contain Benzene and other dangerous toxins, raising the risk of cancer and related illnesses. Acute exposure can cause severe damage to the lungs and body, though long-term occupational exposure is more likely to lead to the most dangerous health outcomes.
Workers use Liquid Wrench in several industries, and due to the versatility of the product, the solvent may be used widely in many applications and areas of the workplace.
Employees most likely to have used Liquid Wrench in their work, and faced related Benzene exposure, include maintenance crews, auto mechanics, plumbers, painters, and those involved in heavy machinery at large factories, oil and steel plants.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that Benzene is direly toxic, and has published instructions on how workers and Americans can protect themselves against the terrible risks that Benzene presents.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati product liability lawyer and Ohio Personal Injury attorney who has represented individuals nationwide in toxic tort claims.
What Is Liquid Wrench?
Liquid Wrench, a product of Radiator Specialty Company (RSC Chemical Solutions), is a highly volatile solvent used to lubricate, penetrate and protect tools and several kinds of machinery.
The solvent has been around for over 70 years, and is sometimes known as a substitute for WD-40, another petroleum-based lubricating product used in a variety of industries and occupations.
Liquid Wrench is marketed as a fast-acting, anti-seize agent that penetrates corrosion, and loosens rusted bolts and various parts. However, the solution contains Benzene, a known cancer-causing agent, endangering the health of anyone who uses the product. (Safety Kleen is another concerning product. )
The Safety Data Sheet for Liquid Wrench indicates that the product contains dangerous, carcinogenic solvents. After inhalation, consumers may experience drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Prolonged inhalation may do further harm to the lungs may lead to chemical pneumonia and pulmonary edema, which is a potentially fatal condition.
Benzene Exposure & Liquid Wrench Injury
Benzene, a toxin in many household and industrial solvents, has known dangerous effects with long-term exposure. The chemical properties in Benzene may do considerable harm to human blood cellular production, and is now known to cause cancers such as lymphoma and acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that up to 5 million Americans face increased cancer risks from benzene and other common carcinogens. Benzene is associated with the following types of Liquid Wrench Injury and types of cancer:
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Multiple Myeloma
- Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
- Breast Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Aplastic Anemia
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
- Childhood leukemia
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
- Hairy Cell Leukemia
- Hematologic cancer
- Myelofibrosis and Myeloid Metaplasia
Liquid Wrench Injury & Workplace Exposure
Several victims of occupational Benzene exposure, who have developed illnesses and cancers, have in part linked their conditions to the use of Liquid Wrench and other dangerous solvents.
Recently, a Shell Oil technician in Louisiana filed suit against the manufacturer of Liquid Wrench and others after developing kidney cancer, related to chronic Benzene exposure, likely in a host of products provided at the workplace without Workplace Ventilation Risks.
The technician has stated that he was regularly exposed to hazardous chemicals in products such as Liquid Wrench, LPS Lubricant, 3M Scotchkote Electrical Coating, and Shellsol, all of which contain Benzene.
A mechanic and maintenance crew member who worked for Monsanto, Exxon, and U.S. Steel filed a lawsuit targeting his former employers and the maker of Liquid Wrench after chronic Benzene exposure led to him developing non-hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL).
Benzene-related cancers are not limited to only workers in heavy industry. A farmer in New Mexico alleges that his acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is directly associated with past Liquid Wrench injury and Benzene exposure. The farmer used the solvent product as indicated to clean, maintain and lubricate machine and equipment parts.
Other occupations that may face an elevated risk of Benzene exposure include the following: