Smith Transport, Inc.
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Phillip Smith founded Smith Transport, Inc., a trucking company, in Oshawa, Ontario. The company began as a scrap metal carrier but grew to become the biggest trucking company in Canada. Smith Transport, Inc. had terminals in Toronto, Montreal, and Winnipeg, amongst other Canadian cities. The Trans-Canada Highway opened in 1962, and prior to its opening, Smith Transport, Inc. trucks were required to cross the border into the United States so as to haul loads of freight to Canada’s West Coast. This inspired Smith Transport, Inc. to expand into the United States. By the mid-1960s, trucks were hauling freight throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The company’s largest terminal hubs were located in New York City and Tonawanda, New York. In 1957, the Canadian Pacific Railway purchased Smith Transport, Inc., and the company became a part of the Interlink Freight System before closing in 1997.
Unfortunately, many of our clients who worked at Smith Transport, Inc. are now being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Smith Transport, Inc. hauled materials and products for various businesses between the United States and Canada. Before the 1970s, some of the materials that Smith Transport, Inc. transported contained asbestos. Drivers often hauled talc from the Gouverneur Talc Mine in Northern New York State. They also hauled raw asbestos from Canadian asbestos mines to various businesses, including Garlock Sealing Technologies in Palmyra, New York. Talc and raw asbestos were packaged in thin cloth or burlap sacks that would often open and unleash asbestos fibers into the air. Drivers had to sweep and clean their trailers post unloading, which caused asbestos dust to become agitated and airborne.
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 Smith Transport, Inc.
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.
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