Simonds Saw and Steel
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The Simonds Saw and Steel facility was built in Lockport, New York in 1911. It was built to replace the original facility in Chicago, Illinois. The goal of moving to New York was to utilize hydroelectric power from Niagara Falls. In 1965, Wallace-Murray purchased the mill, who ran the facility until the late 1970s. Guterl Special Steel Corporation then purchased the mill, which closed in 1983 when Guterl filed for bankruptcy. In 1984, part of the mill was bought by Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation for the manufacturing of specialty steel products.
Unfortunately, many of our clients who worked at Simonds Saw and Steel are now being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Asbestos insulating and refractory materials were a major part of the steel production process at Simonds Saw and Steel. Ajax induction furnaces were utilized to create molten steel. Laborers who worked on these furnaces wore asbestos mitts so as not to burn their hands. The asbestos refractory linings of these furnaces were often broken down and replaced. When dismantled, asbestos paper was ripped apart by air hammers. Hot tops were also lined with asbestos refractory materials in the form of a mortar and wrapped in asbestos rope. The agitation of these materials caused asbestos dust to be emitted into the air and inhaled by laborers.
Asbestos is dangerous because its fibers are extremely fragile and break easily into tiny particles that your body’s air filtration system can’t trap and expel. When asbestos gets into your lungs and stays there, it can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. Risk of diagnosis increases with the length of time that a person has been exposed although even short exposures can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. The most common causes of asbestos exposure are in the workplace or from products in the home. Spouses and family members of workers can also be exposed to asbestos dust and fibers from the clothing the workers wore home from job sites like Knowlton Brothers.
Mesothelioma is a rare disease that is diagnosed between 2,500 and 3,000 times each year. Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos is at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer. Although most companies knew that asbestos was dangerous, they continued to allow their employees to work with and around asbestos without protective gear until the late 1970s.
At Belluck & Fox, our nationally recognized asbestos attorneys have extensive experience fighting for families and workers exposed to asbestos. We are proud to have secured more than $1 billion so far for asbestos victims and their families.
We are ready to help you. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, where we will review your claim and discuss all your legal options. Our law firm does not charge any legal fees upfront and we do not get paid unless and until we secure compensation for you.