Thirteen former employees of a Wisconsin furnace plant have died of asbestos-related conditions. Since 1987, 12 workers at the Lindberg Hevi-Duty Electric plant in Watertown have died of mesothelioma while one employee has died of asbestosis. According to reports, asbestos was in nearly every furnace built at the plant until 1972 when the toxic substance began to be removed. The facility is now owned by SPX Corp.
According to the EPA, asbestos "presents an unreasonable risk of injury to human health," as inhaling the fibers greatly increases the odds of contracting asbestosis
, lung cancer
, gastrointestinal cancer, and other cancers
. Furthermore, EPA has called asbestos a "highly potent carcinogen" that causes "severe health effects after even short-term, high-level or longer-term, low-level exposure." Mesothelioma is a fatal condition characterized by a malignant tumor located in the sack or "pleura" that surrounds the lungs
. Often mesothelioma takes decades to develop and can occur forty years or more after exposure to asbestos fibers.
Asbestos exposure is predicted to cause 225,000 cancer deaths in the United States by 2009.
See your doctor if you live or work near the Lindberg facility and you have experienced serious health problems. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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