Asbestos fibers were added to plastic molding compounds well into the 1980s which has created a whole new generation of asbestos disease victims.
Asbestos acted as a reinforcing and fireproofing agent in the finished molded products. Workers in plastic molding plants across Ohio were exposed to large amounts of asbestos dust with absolutely no warnings about the hazards they faced because of these dangerous products.
Molded Products Containing Asbestos
- Car and truck parts
- Terminal boards and blocks
- Electrical switches
- Arc chutes for motors
- Aerospace parts
- And numerous others
Asbestos Exposure In Plastic Molding Plants
Asbestos exposure occurred from the start of the plastic molding process and ended in the finishing department. Bags and barrels of asbestos-containing molding compounds were opened in the preform department and dumped into hoppers causing large amounts of dust. Molded parts made their way to the finishing departments where they were hand-sanded by workers which exposed the finishers to large amounts of asbestos dust. Brooms and air hoses were often used to clean up dust and debris throughout the plant which added to the dust hazard. This asbestos dust hazard existed in plants that used injection molding processes as well as compression molding processes.
Some of the Ohio job sites where asbestos plastic molding compounds were used:
- Akron Porcelain & Plastics, Akron, Ohio
- General Industries, Elyria, Ohio
- Kent Molded, Kent and Streetsboro, Ohio
- Plastic Molding Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Plastic Research Products, Urbana, Ohio
- The Hoover Company, North Canton, Ohio
- Kirkwood Industries/Cleveland Commutator, Cleveland, Ohio
The attorneys at McDermott & Hickey, LLC, are experienced in handling Ohio mesothelioma cases stemming from plastic molding compounds. Call today for a consultation. There is absolutely no charge or commitment.