Mesothelioma lawyers at the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are warning about an asbestos investigation that is underway at the site of an Ohio manufacturing plant. Toxic asbestos fibers may be present in the area that could lead to serious asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. This is a serious concern for all plant employees and anyone who lives nearby.
The Marion Star is reporting that the investigation is happening at a former diaper manufacturing plant in the town of Marion, Ohio. A preliminary analysis of the area revealed the presence of asbestos fibers on the property that are capable of becoming airborne. Neighbors have apparently been complaining about the physical appearance of the site for months, after plans to redevelop it fell through. However, it was just recently brought to their attention that the site may also be a dangerous to their health.
A spokesman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency explained that asbestos fibers were discovered in at least 2 percent of the samples that the agency collected. These toxic fibers may easily disintegrate and become airborne. If this happens, there is a serious risk that someone may inhale the dangerous asbestos materials and suffer respiratory problems, asbestosis, and mesothelioma cancer.
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Unfortunately, because symptoms of asbestos diseases often take decades to appear, many people may unknowingly suffer for many years to come. Once the disease is finally detected, it is important that you act quickly to protect your legal rights and offset your financial losses, because treatment is very difficult and victims do not tend to have long life expectancies.
Often, more than one defendant is liable for negligence relating to asbestos exposure. In this case, the property owner is primarily liable, and the contractor may be liable too. Right now, OEPA officials say their biggest concern is to protect the health and safety of the public, clean up the site, and conduct new surveys to determine the severity of the risk.
This is not the first time that Ohio residents have been at risk for asbestos exposure. Ohio is among the top ten states for mesothelioma and asbestos related deaths. As of the nation’s largest rubber, plastics, and metal products producers, toxic asbestos minerals have been found at dozens of manufacturing facilities. In the last ten years, more than 1,000 Ohio residents have died from illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos.
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According to the Chronicle Online, asbestos removal at the former General Industries site in Elyra, Ohio, in 2008 may have sparked a fire that spread the asbestos contamination even further outside the facility. Everything from the original building materials to the resulting debris may have been tainted, increasing the risk of hazardous asbestos exposure for anyone in the surrounding areas.
There is also an elevated asbestos risk for anyone who worked or lived near an Ohio vermiculite processing plant such as the Scotts Company. There is evidence that these plants received asbestos-contaminated materials from a hazardous site in Libby, Montana, where hundreds of asbestos-related illnesses have been reported.
Airborne exposure to asbestos results in life-changing experiences for victims and their families. The cost of medical treatments is extremely high, and they are often ineffective. Companies that put innocent workers and residents at risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases need to be held responsible for their negligence. An experienced asbestos lawyer can help you file a mesothelioma lawsuit today.