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American Optical Company

Workers Exposed to Asbestos

Founded in 1869, American Optical started as an eyewear manufacturer. Undergoing a number of changes and expansion like purchasing the Spencer Lens Company in 1935, it then became the American Optical Scientific Instrument Division in 1945. Nowadays the factory houses Reichert Technologies, an ophthalmic instruments manufacturer. Due to the high use of asbestos in manufacturing their products and a failure to provide proper protection, if you are a former employee you might be at risk.

If You Worked at American Optical Company Your Health Might Be at Risk

Any amount of asbestos exposure is considered to be a risk to human health. Workers at American Optical Company have been risking their health for years while working in an asbestos-contaminated environment. Glassmaking was a big source of exposure. As it requires extremely high temperatures, workers were using furnaces and mold that had asbestos thermal insulation. They also wore equipment made of asbestos and used tongs to move the hot glass between machines. Handling all of the above on a daily basis has put workers at risk of inhaling small asbestos fibers for a prolonged period of time, thus raising the risk of developing asbestos-related lung disease.

As working in a contaminated environment can have effects on your health even years after the exposure has stopped, it’s extremely important to constantly check the health state of your lungs. ELG offers free screenings for former employees. Our specialists will analyze your latest X-ray and establish if you have a cause for concern. For more information, contact us and we will be happy to answer all your questions.

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Former American Optical Company Workers Are Entitled to Compensation


Glass workers were exposed to great health risks by handling molds and furnaces that had asbestos insulation. But it wasn’t just them facing a potential hazard. Construction and maintenance workers were also at risk, by scraping, removing and re-applying asbestos insulation on furnaces. Similar risks might have faced workers who serviced boilers, pipes, and turbines that provided steam and hot water. Performing these regular maintenance services would release asbestos fibers into the air, thus contaminating the environment and raising the possibilities of developing lung diseases.

If you were an employee working one of the above-mentioned jobs, and have developed an asbestos-related lung disease, you have the right to receive compensation. ELG has over 25 years of experience litigating asbestos claims and has helped over 26.000 victims. Take action as soon as possible and contact us, as these cases have a certain statute of limitations. We will help you file a claim and get compensated.