James Anderson claims he worked at Owens from 1954 to 1993. He was diagnosed on June 9.
The defendants include A.W. Chesterton, John Crane, Goodyear, Owens-Illinois and Strange and Coleman Inc.
Anderson claims the defendants failed to exercise ordinary care and caution for his safety by including asbestos in their products even though it was completely foreseeable that people working with and around asbestos would inhale, ingest or otherwise absorb great amounts of asbestos.
He claims the defendants included asbestos in their products when they knew asbestos fibers would have a highly deleterious effect on the health of people absorbing them, included asbestos in their products when adequate substitutes were available, failed to provide any warnings to people working with or around asbestos and failed to conduct tests on asbestos-containing products in order to determine the hazards to workers.
Anderson claims the defendants intentionally or with a reckless disregard for his safety included asbestos in their products, when the defendants knew or should have known that the asbestos fibers would have a toxic, poisonous and highly deleterious effect upon his health, included asbestos in their products when adequate substitutions were available and failed to conduct tests on the asbestos-containing products, manufactured, sold or delivered by the defendants to determine the hazards to which workers might be exposed.
He also claims they failed to provide adequate warning to people working with and around the products of the dangers of inhaling, ingesting or otherwise absorbed fibers in them and failed to provide adequate instruction concerning the safe methods of working with and around asbestos products.
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