Asbestos Exposure in Chemical Plants
Chemical manufacturing in the United States employs over a million Americans. Responsible for such diverse products as plastics, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, and flavorings, chemical production is a major American industry. Although people have been producing and refining chemicals for thousands of years, the industry’s modern form emerged around the turn of the 20th century, spurred by a number of innovations made in the production of chemical dyes, plant fertilizers, sulfuric acid, and caustic soda. Large factories were erected to manufacture these and other chemicals in bulk, and many American workers were hired to fulfill the labor needs of the industry.
Prior to the 1990s, chemical factories and plants used equipment and materials made from asbestos in a variety of applications. Asbestos-containing equipment included pumps, valves, turbines, boilers, and other equipment. Chemical factories also used asbestos lab and filtering equipment. Plastic factories used asbestos molding compounds. Asbestos, fibrous minerals often used as insulation or abrasive material, is the only known cause of the deadly and aggressive cancer mesothelioma. Use of asbestos put chemical industry workers at a high risk of developing mesothelioma, especially because the asbestos companies did not warn workers of the dangers. Different types of companies knew their products were harmful since at least the 1920s, but chose to focus on profits over people. As a result, over 3,000 people are still being diagnosed with mesothelioma every year.
The attorneys at Belluck & Fox are experts in asbestos law. We have won over $500 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients, including compensation for retired workers from the chemical industry. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, your exposure to asbestos most likely occurred on the job, and it is your right to seek compensation from the companies responsible. Contact us online or over the phone at 877-MESOTHELIOMA (637-6843), and one of our partners will be in touch to discuss your case. To learn more, click here to receive a free mesothelioma information package.
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