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American Olean Tile Co.

American Olean Tile Company manufactures and sells high-end floor and wall tiles for residential as well as commercial use. Tiles and other building materials were often impregnated with asbestos prior to the 1980s; in addition to being resistant to fire, electrical current, and caustic chemicals, asbestos gave these materials extra tensile strength and durability.

Most of the time, the form of asbestos used was of the chrysotile variety, also known as white asbestos. This is a softer kind, which nonetheless could do a great deal of internal damage when inhaled, causing asbestosis and the formation of pleural plaques. Hard asbestos, such as amosite and crocidolite, is known to cause mesothelioma cancer and asbestosis.

American Olean Tile may be held liable by former employees who were exposed prior to the 1980s. Asbestos diseases have a lengthy latency period during which symptoms are not apparent; this period may be measured in decades.

Because of its resistance to heat, flame and electrical current, asbestos could frequently be found throughout many factories, mills, power plants and worksites in every state of the US. It is ironic that protecting human life was usually one of the main justifications for utilizing asbestos in worksites because the result was actually to place workers in danger of serious illness or death due to exposure to asbestos. The reason so many people have died from health conditions including asbestosis and lung cancer is that when humans inhale strands of asbestos, the mineral infiltrates the lungs. Once there, the sharp and microscopic fibers damage tissues. In addition, job-related exposure to asbestos is the primary cause of the extremely difficult-to-treat cancer known as mesothelioma, which affects the cells that line the chest and abdominal cavity.

People who work at job sites containing asbestos in present times are generally protected from exposure because of the numerous rules regulating its utilization, inclusion in products and disposal. In the past, however, laborers unprotected by masks or other safety equipment frequently toiled in places thick with asbestos dust. Spouses were also subjected to asbestos exposure when companies didn't offer ways for employees to wash off asbestos fibers, as workers inadvertently transported asbestos particles home with them on their clothes or in their hair.

As asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma disease often do not appear until 20 years or more after a person first is exposed to asbestos, men and women who worked at contaminated sites, as well as their family members, are encouraged to discuss their history of exposure to asbestos with their physicians no matter how long ago they worked there.



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