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Current and Former workers at Akron, Ohio’s Firestone-Bridgestone Tire and Rubber plants may have been exposed to several toxic chemicals at the workplace, including Vinyl Chloride (VC), a chemical known to cause cancer in numerous occupational settings.

Vinyl Chloride exposure has been linked to the development of certain cancers, including angiosarcoma of the liver, a deadly cancer often caused by breathing fumes of vinyl chloride for several years at workplaces like tire and rubber plants.

Several health agencies, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency, have determined that vinyl chloride is a known carcinogen. Firestone-Bridgestone workers at Ohio’s rubber and tire plants were likely exposed to VC and other dangerous toxins in the past, and as a result may develop cancers like angiosarcoma in the future.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Lawyer who has represented individuals nationwide in personal injury claims. If you have been exposed to Vinyl Chloride at Firestone-Bridgestone or another tire and rubber plant, and have questions about your legal rights, please contact The Lyon Firm.

Common Chemicals Used in Tire & Rubber Factories

Ohio’s largest rubber and chemical producers such as Firestone, B.F. Goodrich, Goodyear, General Tire, and others commonly used harmful chemicals and failed to warn workers of their hazards. Some toxins in rubber and chemical facilities may include:

•    Vinyl Chloride (known carcinogen)
•    Benzene (known carcinogen)
•    Styrene
•    Toluene
•    Xylene
•    Butadiene (known carcinogen)
•    Phenols
•    Heavy metals (zinc, chromium, nickel, lead, copper and cadmium)
•    Polychlorinated biphenyls (known carcinogen)

Vinyl Chloride Exposure Hazards

Because rubber and polymer plants use hundreds of dangerous chemicals to produce their products, workers are easily exposed, and have been known to develop serious illnesses and cancers after years of working at facilities like Akron, Ohio’s Firestone plant. Firestone-Bridgestone workers are considered at high risk of Benzene, Asbestos, and Vinyl Chloride exposures, all known to cause cancers like angiosarcoma.

Several studies have suggested that breathing air or drinking water containing moderate levels of vinyl chloride may increase the risk of cancer. Occupational studies conducted of workers who have chronically inhaled vinyl chloride show an increased risk for cancers of the liver like angiosarcoma. Other VC-related diseases and cancers include the following:

•    Angiosarcoma
•    Brain cancer
•    Lung cancer
•    Lymphomas
•    Leukemia
•    Oral cancer
•    Kidney cancer and damage
•    Nerve damage
•    Immune reactions
•    Blood clotting
•    Male infertility
•    Birth Defects

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Benzene is a highly-volatile chemical used in gasoline and as a solvent in many chemical and pharmaceutical products. In 2010, the World Health Organization said exposure to Benzene was a “major public health concern.”

It is a concern because Benzene as a toxin that may cause blood cancer such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute non lymphatic leukemia. The IARC classifies it as a group 1 carcinogen. Benzene is considered as toxic as substances such as asbestos.

The American Public Health Association reports that three million workers in United States at auto mechanic and repair shops, gas stations, shipping loading docks, paint manufacturing plants, printers, gas truck drivers, and rubber manufacturing facilities are at risk.

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(Hamilton County, Ohio): Confidential Settlement. Lead Counsel in a case that involved secondary lead exposure to two children. Their father worked at a local recycling plant that routinely recycled computer equipment. The company violated numerous OSHA regulations related to providing safety equipment and clothing to prevent lead particles from being transferred home. As a result, the Plaintiffs father transferred lead dust to his children who then suffered lead poisoning. The case was covered extensively by the Cincinnati news media and referenced in peer-reviewed medical literature. The settlement will provide educational needs to the children who suffered neurological injuries due the exposure.

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