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Asbestos Victims’ Privacy in Danger if FACT Act 2017 Passes

A new bill was approved by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee earlier this month that could damage the asbestos claims process and prevent victims of asbestos-related diseases from ever seeing any sort of monetary compensation before they pass. The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2017 is not a new proposal, and for years those advocating for victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases have been successful in stopping this bill in its tracks.If this bill is passed, asbestos trusts would be required to file quarterly reports for each payout. Personal information from those seeking compensation would be available...

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Asbestos and Wheeling-Pitt Steel Corporation

Wheeling Steel Corporation (Wheeling) was founded June 21, 1920 by combining three separate companies: LaBelle Iron Works, Whitaker-Glessner Company, and Wheeling Steel & Iron Company. Throughout the 1920s, Wheeling expanded, acquiring new properties and modernizing their current facilities and by 1956, Wheeling stretched for 30 miles along the Ohio River from Steubenville, Ohio to Benwood, West Virginia. It was a major producer of hot and cold rolled sheets, galvanized sheets and roofing, black plate and tinplate, cut nails, continuous weld pipes, raw steel, coils, sheet metal, coke, bridge building and more.In the 1960s, Wheeling Steel Corporation underwent a massive $200...

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Asbestos in Shipyards

Shipyard workers have a high rate of asbestos exposure and ultimately asbestos-related illnesses when compared to other tradesmen, steelworkers, and chemical plant workers.  This is because asbestos use among shipyards and throughout the navy was seen as a critical part to the industry. In an industry where fires are detrimental, the heat resistant qualities of asbestos were useful; its insulating abilities, the fact it would not corrode easily, and its abundance made asbestos desirable and ultimately used in nearly every part of ships. Hundreds of asbestos-containing products and parts were used on ships until the 1970s; decades after the dangers...

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Asbestos – A Better Understanding of the Carcinogen

There are six different types of asbestos that occur naturally throughout the world. Asbestos is actually the generic name given and is not a mineralogical definition.  A mineral product that is flexible, possesses high tensile strength, is heat resistant, resistant to chemical degradation, and can be woven into fabric, is commercially designated as “asbestos.”Asbestos is divided into two groups: serpentine and amphibole which is determined by the chemical compounds the mineral. Overall, asbestos is made up of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen, and other various metals. Serpentine is a variety of asbestos thats structure is layered with curly fibers.  Amphibole asbestos has...

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Asbestos Exposure At Weirton Steel

A brief historyWeirton Steel, formerly known as National Steel aka International Steel Group (ISGI) was a nationally known steel company that dominated parts of West Virginia. The steel mill thrived throughout the 20th century and still exists as a major supplier today, though under a different name. 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.  With numerous mills in operation, the town became centralized around...

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It’s Not Over For Residents In Libby, Montana

The latest news to come out of Libby Montana, an area in the United States where hundreds of people were killed following decades of asbestos exposure, reports that more than 1,000 of those victims have reached a $25 million settlement with Montana health officials. There were over 100 lawsuits, each with multiple claimants all stating that Montana health officials failed to warn those who worked in the Libby Mine that they were working with vermiculite contaminated with tremolite  – one of the most deadly forms of asbestos.This latest settlement comes directly after an announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

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The Facts About Asbestos Exposure and Lung Cancer

Asbestos exposure causes more than just mesothelioma cancer. It can be a contributing factor to a lung cancer diagnosis – a cancer than that affects about 14% of cancer victims, making it the second most common cancer in both men and women according to the American Cancer Society. The devastating reality about lung cancer due to asbestos exposure is that the disease could have been entirely prevented. With corporate greed and companies placing profits above their workers’ health, many workers exposed to asbestos fibers, even for a short period of time, increased their risk of developing lung cancer up to...

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Asbestos in Children’s Toys

Decades ago, when one thought of asbestos, it was generally associated with its many uses and versatility. Asbestos was heavily used throughout the 20th century in America and around the world because of its unique fire resistant properties and its abundance that made it so affordable. Insulation, pipe covering, roof and floor tiles are just a few of the many common household items that asbestos was used for, but a startling discovery only a couple decades ago  placed people, especially parents with young children, on high alert.Researchers discovered as recently as 2015 that deadly asbestos fibers were found in children’s...

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The Effects of Secondhand Exposure

The carcinogenic qualities of asbestos have affected hard working individuals who worked in industrial, chemical, electrical, and other trade settings for decades. Airborne asbestos fibers, once inhaled, can lead to many asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. What many may not know is the increase in secondhand exposure among spouses, children, and other family members due to the fact that workers would often carry home these invisible fibers – contaminating their entire house hold. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease because on average, more men worked in asbestos-contaminated industries. However, over the...

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Top 5 Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

One of the most common forms of asbestos exposure is occupational, rather than environmental. Its durability, affordability, and fire-resistant qualities made it a “jack-of-all-trades” material that could be used in many lines of work.  Certain occupations were more at risk than others during the rise of the asbestos industry in the early to mid-twentieth century. The following are the top five high risk positions for asbestos exposure:Railroad worker Asbestos was used throughout much of the railroad industry, especially when railroad travel became a popular mode of transportation. Asbestos was used for insulation on steam and diesel locomotives, steam generators, pipe...

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