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Pittsburgh Corning Asbestos Trust

Pittsburgh Corning Asbestos Trust

Pittsburgh Corning Asbestos Trust

Pittsburgh Corning Asbestos Trust & Exposure

 

Company History

Pittsburgh Corning Asbestos TrustThe Pittsburgh Corning Asbestos Trust was established to help victims of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma obtain compensation. Pittsburgh Corning was founded in 1937 following a merger of two established glass making companies, Corning Glass Works and Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. Up until 1947, the newly established Pittsburgh Corning specialized in the production of glass blocks which were sold for installation in residential, industrial and commercial structures.

In 1947 Pittsburgh Corning shifted focus to the production of FOAMGLAS; a type of insulation primarily used in construction. Unlike the majority of its counterparts at the time, FOAMGLAS did not contain asbestos.

In 1962 Pittsburgh Corning entered into a new purchase agreement with a company named UNARCO Industries. The agreement gave access to a new line of insulation products which contained Amosite asbestos, a form of asbestos imported from South Africa. The purchase agreement gave Pittsburgh Corning ownership to the manufacturing plants, production formula, product types, materials, name (Unibestos) and customer lists.

The newly mined natural asbestos was partly broken down into fiber form at the mines. This form arrived at the manufacturing plants in an especially harmful form. When workers handled the newly arrived asbestos fibers easily became airborne. Upon arrival, the asbestos continued to be fiberized and then bound to nonorganic binders and fillers.

Unibestos was manufactured first in a plant in Tyler, Texas and then production was expanded to Port Alleghany, Pennsylvania.  

From 1964-1971 an engineering consultant was hired to monitor conditions at both plants. The consultant alerted the corporation to dangerously high risks of asbestos exposure and made many recommendations to reduce these risks. Unfortunately, these recommendations were largely ignored. A mesothelioma lawyer can help you with obtaining compensation from the Pittsburgh Corning asbestos trust.

 

Products Containing Asbestos

That period had proved to be a big-time of industrial growth. The Unibestos products that contained asbestos included:

  • Asbestos molded sheet and block insulation
  • Asbestos packing and gaskets
  • Asbestos textiles
  • Blocks of cement and finishes
  •  Metal mesh blankets to fit insulation
  • Pipe coverings
  • Pipe insulation for high temperatures

These products were distributed to various industries including:

  • chemical plants
  • oil refineries
  • powerhouses
  • steel mills

 

Occupations Exposed to Asbestos

It was not until 1972 that Pittsburgh Corning stopped the distribution and production of Unibestos products. However, exposure had widely swept through both Pittsburgh Corning employees and workers in the industries who had received the Unibestos products. Workers from outside industries were also at risk of exposure.  

Occupations likely exposed to asbestos include:

  • Construction workers
  • Field service technicians
  • Heavy machine operators
  • Insulation workers
  • Machinists
  • Maintenance workers
  • Pipefitters
  • Refinery specialists
  • Repair workers

Families of employees were also at risk of secondary exposure.  Asbestos fibers or dust could enter homes from the clothing, hair, or skin of workers.

 

Litigations and Pittsburgh Corning Asbestos Trust Fund

1977 marked the beginning of the first-class action lawsuits. By 2000 Pittsburgh Corning filed for bankruptcy protection with a plan of reorganization and establishing a bankruptcy trust. In 2013, the plan was confirmed by the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Corning Asbestos Personal Injury Settlement Trust was created as part of an asbestos claim’s settlement with over 3 billion dollars set aside. The trust payment percentage is 37%. To ensure even distribution among claimants the percentage paid to individuals with malignant and non-malignant diseases is 60% for malignant and 40% for non-malignant. Mesothelioma claims are common with this trust.