Tyler Pipe has been synonymous with Tyler Pipe mesothelioma for several decades and has led to innumerable Tyler Pipe lawsuits. If you have been exposed to Tyler Pipe asbestos, a Tyler Pipe lawyer can review your claim.Tyler Pipe is a gray iron foundry that was first located in Tyler, Texas. Of all the industries and corporations associated with asbestos (there are about 2,605 asbestos exposure sites in Texas alone), the Tyler Pipe Company has one of the worst histories regarding workplace safety, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and it endangered workers by exposing them to asbestos.
Those Tyler Pipe employees most likely to be exposed to asbestos are pipe layers and plumbers and anyone who worked on pipe construction at Tyler Pipe manufacturing plants. Many Tyler Pipe workers have developed mesothelioma, a fatal cancer only caused by asbestos exposure. Evidence has shown that second-hand exposure to asbestos, such as family members washing their loved one' work clothes, can lead to asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis.
In the past several decades, Tyler Pipe received a number of environmental and safety violations from OSHA, including hazardous asbestos warnings and hazardous working conditions.
By December 2011, because so many asbestos lawsuits had been filed against Tyler Pipe, its parent company, Swan Transportation, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Up until May 2011, workers claimed that Tyler Pipe exposed them to hazardous asbestos in the workplace.
Tyler Pipe Asbestos Lawsuits
In the first trial a Texas jury awarded $9 million to eight Tyler Pipe employees and six days later a jury awarded $17 million to seven Tyler employees. All plaintiffs from the first trial have been diagnosed with asbestosis. The eight workers were exposed to asbestos either from burying barrels of asbestos waste, cleaning out containers with asbestos residue or working around refractory products.
The second Tyler trial plaintiffs consisted of workers who were exposed to asbestos from working around refractory products, insulating cements and cloth. They too were all diagnosed with asbestosis. At trial, the workers alleged that Tyler did not warn them that they were being exposed to asbestos-containing products and did not offer them adequate respiratory protection as required by OSHA.
At trial, the defense argued that Tyler Pipe had never used asbestos materials and denied knowing the dangers associated with asbestos. The jury, however, found Tyler negligent in providing a reasonably safe workplace and providing an adequate safety program, and caused workers have an asbestos-related disease.
Both juries awarded the employees compensation for pain and mental anguish, loss of earning capacity, physical impairment and medical care.
Originally called the Tyler Iron and Foundry (founded in 1936), the company later sold the business to Swan Transportation Co. Mainly because of the Tyler Pipe asbestos lawsuits, in December 2001, Swan Transportation Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after filing an appeal.
Asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma typically have a long latency period, which can be anywhere from 10-40 years before symptoms of these types of cancers appear. Many lawsuits have been filed, and subsequently won, by families whose loved ones have died from asbestos-related diseases, claiming they have been the subject of second-hand asbestos exposure. Experienced asbestos attorneys may be able to help determine whether you have a claim against Tyler Pipe.