Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace
Mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other cancers caused by exposure to asbestos are naturally more common in certain industries, certain occupations, and even certain locations. Our extensive jobsite database has grown exponentially over the years and has helped piece together all the places a person worked, the occupations held, and products used. A single case on behalf of one injured person can involve more than 5,000 documents.
Identifying asbestos exposure history is crucial in determining compensation for your asbestos lawsuit. To help you understand just a small portion of the information and resources we have accumulated, we’ve listed many of the job sites our past and current clients worked at on these pages. Click on the state and then city below, or view a list of companies that have established asbestos bankruptcy trusts.
What is Burden of Proof? Scroll down to learn more.
Featured Job Sites
Weirton Steel, fka National Steel aka ISGI is a nationally known steel company that dominated parts of West Virginia – thriving throughout the 20th century and still exists as a major supplier today. Not only did the mill provide a steady income for many families in the area, it also helped the entire community as a whole because it was the largest employer in West Virginia, the largest taxpayer and the world’s largest tin plate producer.
For more than 100 years, Jones & Laughlin Steel Company stood as one of America’s greats. Regarded by rivals in the industry as one of the finest integrated steel mills in operation, J&L prospered, adapted and grew to maintain its reputation. At one point, it made almost every steel product available with only two exclusions: heavy rails and armor plate.
Edgar Thomson Works, now owned by U.S. Steel, was built in 1874 by Carnegie, McCandless & Company. The land where it was built was purchased by one of the partners of the firm for $219,003.30. After discovering the Bessemer steel making process in Europe, Andrew Carnegie decided to open a plant in Braddock. Braddock was the perfect location because it was near both the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) and Pennsylvania Railroad lines.
Burden of Proof
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Despite the fact that mesothelioma’s only known cause is asbestos exposure, the burden of proof is placed on the injured party. Where you worked, what products and materials you worked with, and how you were exposed are all up to the plaintiff to prove. Lung cancer and other asbestos-caused cancer cases are that much more challenging.
Decades may have passed between your exposure and diagnosis, yet you’re being asked to remember seemingly insignificant details of your employment history. What color were the bags of insulating material you used? Where in the plant did you spend most of your time? Who remembers you working in that department?
Over the past three decades GPW has accumulated thousands of corporate documentation, a vast knowledge of asbestos products, hundreds of depositions, and an extensive knowledge of job sites nationwide. For a client who couldn’t recall anything beyond the green design on the bag of asbestos material that were delivered to his plant, we were able to locate a picture of the bag and shipping invoices indicating their delivery to the worksite.
Whether you worked at one or many of these companies, or none at all, we can help you protect your rights against manufacturers who produced, sold, and used asbestos products with little regard for the health and safety of millions of workers and their families. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you and your loved ones.
Asbestos Industries & Occupations
Workers who deal closely with asbestos and asbestos products are obviously the most likely to develop asbestos-related diseases (ARDs). According to the CDC and NIOSH, industries that show a significant proportionate mortality ratio (PMR) with respect the mesothelioma include:
- ship and boat building and repair
- industrial and miscellaneous chemicals
- petroleum refining
- electric light and power
In addition to these industries, occupations that reveal a significant PMR include plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters; mechanical engineers; electricians; and elementary school teachers. Asbestos also puts these industries and occupations at increased risk for asbestosis, lung cancer, colon cancer, and throat cancer.