Products Manufactured by Alfa Laval, Inc. that Contained Asbestos
Strength, flexibility, heat and fire resistance—these attributes of asbestos made it a valuable material for use by the United States Navy in its ships and shipyards, primarily from the 1930s through the 1970s. Even though the Navy Surgeon General reported the dangers of prolonged exposure to asbestos as early as 1939, it was not until nearly four decades later that the use of this substance was limited and its harmful health effects more widely recognized.
Since the onset of World War II, Alfa Laval has been a key supplier of oil separators to the marine industry, in particular the United States Navy. The oil purifiers used on navy vessels removed impurities from fuel and lube oil by means of a centrifuge which may have included asbestos components.
The asbestos components used in products produced by Alfa Laval, Inc. may have included, but are not limited to:
- brake pads
Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure
Inhalation of asbestos-contaminated air places individuals at an increased risk for the development of several harmful forms of lung disease, such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. With regard to products produced by Alfa Laval, Inc., occupational exposure may include anyone who came in contact with the asbestos-containing components of its oil purifiers used aboard navy vessels. Such occupations at risk for this type of exposure may include marines, navy personnel (e.g., machinist mates), and shipbuilders. Employees of Alfa-Laval (e.g., factory workers) involved in the production of the oil purifiers may also be at increased risk for exposure. In addition, the attachment of asbestos fibers to the hair and clothing of the aforementioned individuals makes secondhand exposure by family members an unfortunate reality.
Exposure to asbestos can have a significant impact on an individual’s long-term health and quality of life, and may potentially result in death. If you believe you have been exposed to the harmful effects of asbestos, it is important to seek consultation from a physician specializing in lung disease in order to be screened for asbestosis and mesothelioma.
As of year ending 2009, Alfa Laval, Inc. was cited as a co-defendant in 444 asbestos lawsuits with a combined total of 564 plaintiffs. At this time, Alfa Laval believed that these lawsuits would not have any negative effects on the company’s finances or overall operations and intended to challenge each lawsuit on the grounds that each claim was without merit.