Anaconda Wire and Cable Company

Workers exposed to asbestos

Anaconda Wire and Cable Company was the largest industrial plant in Orange, California, during the 1930s. It was founded in 1919 by a few young men from Muskegon, Michigan, who saw a promising future in manufacturing copper wire in their hometown. During the Great Depression, the progress of the company staggered for a while, but the business eventually survived. Anaconda Wire and Cable would provide components to companies that made radios, motors, fans, and vacuum cleaners, to name a few. By 1928, the business had become known as the Anaconda Wire and Cable Company. Regrettably, before the 1980s, the company exposed workers to asbestos, as the mineral was used to manufacture electrical panels and other components. If you were employed at Anaconda Wire and Cable Company and are now suffering from a disease that seems related to asbestos exposure, you should give our law firm a phone call, as you may be eligible for compensation.

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Anaconda Wire and Cable Company employees exposed to asbestos

Not only was Anaconda Wire and Cable Company the largest industrial plant in Orange, but it was also the largest operation of the company on the West Coast. During the heyday of the business, the plant would have approximately 300 employees who worked 7 days a week in 3 shifts. One of the products for which the company was renowned is weatherproof wire, which was used by electric and power companies. During World War II, the plant underwent a series of changes so that it could be able to produce missile cable.

In 1954, the facility was expanded to include a rubber insulating mill, a plastics mill, and a rubber mixing department. The manufacturing of weatherproof wire ceased, and the energy was redirected to the production of wire insulated with plastic and rubber. In 1980, Anaconda Wire and Cable Company was sold to Atlantic-Richfield, and the name of the business was changed to Anaconda-Ericsson. Nevertheless, the plant was permanently closed 2 years later.

The wiring of electrical boards and panels would contain asbestos to reduce the risk of fire. However, it greatly endangered the health of electricians who had to maintain and repair these products. Asbestos has been a major part of the production of electrical panels since the earliest days of commercial electricity. It would shield building inhabitants against fire and electrocution. There is a device known as the electrical panel or distribution box through which electricity for a building is received and distributed. Because electrical current produces heat, it can arc and lead to a fire or electrocution injury if it is not grounded properly.

The following are the occupational groups that were exposed to asbestos by Anaconda Wire and Cable Company during the last century:

These are the asbestos electrical panel and wiring products that were extremely common between the 1920s and the 1980s and that Anaconda Wire and Cable Company manufactured as well:

People who worked for Anaconda Wire and Cable Company were heavily exposed to asbestos, as they had to handle the mineral directly, without any protective gear against inhaling and ingesting toxic fibers. While the danger of exposure was very great for employees, the level of asbestos exposure for electricians was moderate. Nonetheless, since no amount of asbestos is safe, you can still develop a serious disease even if you had not been heavily exposed to this mineral.

Asbestos related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If, however, you struggle with non-cancerous pleural diseases such as asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), pleurisy, lung nodules, lung spots, asthma, pneumonitis, tuberculosis, rounded atelectasis or lung scarring, please seek a second or even a third opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.

Secondary asbestos exposure, a serious concern for the family members of Anaconda Wire and Cable Company workers

As a very common occurrence during the last century, secondary asbestos exposure would happen when a person inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers from indirect sources. Because asbestos companies were striving to cover up the terrible health effects of asbestos exposure, workers, including those employed at Anaconda Wire and Cable Company, were not instructed to wear protective gear on the job. Consequently, they would bring home toxic fibers on their clothes and their shoes, hair, and skin. When their wives would launder their work clothes, they would breathe in asbestos fibers, whereas their children would be exposed to the mineral by greeting their fathers upon returning home.

If you shared a home with a family member who was working at Anaconda Wire and Company before 1980 and have been diagnosed with a disease that is related to asbestos exposure, you should contact our legal team, as you may be entitled to compensation. We will make the legal process as easy as possible, as we know that people affected by toxic exposure are often in a lot of suffering. All you have to do is call us and explain your situation and subsequently provide our team with basic documents. If we establish that you qualify for filing a claim, our attorneys will prepare it for submission, and within several years, you will receive the money you deserve.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

Sadly, many victims of asbestos exposure refuse or fail to seek financial compensation during their lifetime, either because they pass away suddenly or because they fear a long and convoluted legal process. However, if you have recently lost a dear one to a disease caused by occupational asbestos exposure, you can now file a wrongful death claim to obtain compensation on their behalf. Filing a wrongful death claim entails a process similar to filing a regular asbestos exposure claim.

If you decided to file a wrongful death claim, you will first have to contact our law firm and give us as many details as you know about your situation. Subsequently, we will ask for copies of the employment and medical records of your departed family member, as well as for their death certificate, so we can assess the circumstances. If we establish that you are eligible to file a claim, we will promptly begin to work on it, and you will eventually get the largest sum of money available.