Cleveland is a city of 400,000 residents on the shores of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. (Britannica.com). It was founded in 1796 and has long had a history of heavy industry and construction that made it a high-risk location for workers being exposed to asbestos. There are many job sites in the Cleveland area that have had heavy asbestos exposure over the years.
High-Industries for Asbestos Exposure in Cleveland and Across Ohio
CDC data shows that from 1999 to 2015, 1,930 residents of Cleveland and Ohio died from mesothelioma. The state has a mesothelioma mortality rate of 10 people per million each year. Jefferson and Washington counties are ranked in the top 50 counties in the United States for the highest mesothelioma death rates from 2000 until 2009. (CDC.gov)
Cleveland is a major industrial city and steel companies have been fueling the economy here for many decades. Cleveland and other Ohio cities are home to J&L Steel Corporation, Midland Steel, and Carnegie Steel Company. Asbestos was often used in Cleveland steel mills in construction and for manufacturing equipment. Employees in these steel companies, from the machinists to the conductor, all faced potential asbestos exposure over prolonged periods.
These job sites throughout Cleveland and Ohio are known for asbestos exposure. Older oil refineries heavily relied on asbestos for insulation and also in many types of equipment. There are oil refineries in other parts of Ohio that are known to cause asbestos exposure, including BP, Sunoco, Marathon Ohio, and Clark Refining.
Teachers and staff at schools in Cleveland face a higher risk of asbestos exposure because the dangerous mineral was frequently used in construction in older school buildings. While school buildings are required to have asbestos mitigation and management plans, asbestos exposure in Cleveland can still happen. Buildings at Ashland College and Bluffton College are known to contain asbestos.
Many power plants operating in Cleveland and around Ohio are known to be some of the worst polluters in the country, as most of the are fired by coal. Conesville Power Plant and Muskingum River Power Plant are both powered by coal. These plants also have asbestos throughout their facilities. Asbestos is known to be in pipes, insulation, fire doors, gaskets and more, making asbestos exposure a high risk for employees.
NASA Glenn Research Center
Employees contacted the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to check buildings 500 and 5001 in 2004 and 2007. The inspections found that most asbestos had been removed and posed no threat to employees. But former employees may have been exposed to asbestos before the abatement projects took place.
American Shipbuilding Company
This shipbuilding company in Cleveland started in the late 19th century. It also acquired several other shipyards over several decades in the early 20th century. The company moved to Lorain and it built two large drydocks to expand its operations. Until the 1970s, the company was a heavy user of asbestos-containing materials in all of its facilities. There was asbestos throughout the ships in boilers, gaskets and insulation. Thousands of workers faced asbestos exposure in their time there.
This is an industrial city in Hamilton for making various chemicals. It later became a disposal site for chemical waste. The EPA added it to its Superfund site in 1980. The agency found arsenic, asbestos, benzene and other chemicals in buildings, groundwater, and soil.
Some companies with known asbestos exposure problems in Cleveland are: (Asbestos.com)
- American Shipbuilding Company
- Coleman Trucking Company
- LTV Steel Works
- NASA Glenn Research Center
- Norfolk Southern Railway Company
- North American Retro Factories
- Railroad Friction Products Corporation
- Republic Services
Cleveland and Ohio Asbestos Lawsuits
In 2013 a jury in Ohio awarded $27 million to John Panza and his wife. When he was a child, Panza was exposed to asbestos on his father’s work clothes. He was employed at the Eaton Airflex brake company where he worked near asbestos-laced brake pads made by National Friction Products Corp.
Panza was diagnosed with asbestos cancer in 2012 and he filed a lawsuit against several companies, including Kelsey-Hayes Co. This award is currently the biggest asbestos cancer verdict in Ohio history.
Cleveland Mesothelioma Attorney Information
If you or a loved one was exposed to mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, one of these Cleveland or Ohio mesothelioma attorneys may be able to help:
McDermott and Hickey LLC
1273 W. 9th St. #012
Cleveland OH 44113
For more than 30 years, these attorneys have been recognized by Ohio clients and other attorneys as the best attorneys for people affected by asbestos in Cleveland and across Ohio. They have decades of successfully representing mesothelioma victims, so they have an arsenal of skills, knowledge, and experience to help you get the compensation you may be owed.
Bashein & Bashein Company, L.P.A.
50 Public Square
Terminal Tower, 35th Floor
Cleveland OH 44113
The law firm of Bashein & Bashein is committed to achieving financial justice for the victims of asbestos exposure in Cleveland and across Ohio. They have the skills and resources to handle complex asbestos exposure cases and will not back down in the face of aggressive defense attorneys. Their attorneys have taken cases as far as the Ohio Supreme Court.
The Lyon Firm
6105 Parkland Blvd
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
Attorney Joe Lyon is rated 10/10 by AVVO and has been chosen as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Ohio by The National Trial Lawyer Association. He has the skills and experience in asbestos exposure cases to get you the compensation you need to take care of your health and personal finances.
Get Cleveland Mesothelioma Legal Help
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