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Keene Corporation

Workers Exposed to Asbestos

In 1967, by being purchased by Glenn W. Bailey, Keene became the corporation that is known today. From a heat-sealed plastic packaging producing company, Keene extended its product line to fireproofing and industrial materials. By acquiring other companies, specifically insulation facilities, Keene sold and distributed products contaminated with asbestos. This mineral was used in the manufacturing of Keene’s insulation products until the year 1972.

Our Medical Experts Offer Screenings Free of Charge to Keene Corporation Employees Who Were in Contact with Asbestos

Initially a manufacturer of heat sealed plastic packaging, Keene Corporation rapidly began producing a wide range of building materials after 1967, all of which containing asbestos. Unlike the majority of asbestos companies, the executive was unaware of the dire health consequences of asbestos exposure. From 1971 onwards, thousands of lawsuits kept piling up against Keene Corporation, which found itself unable to pay out compensation to each injured worker. After a change in the leadership of the company, Keene Corporation sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 1993 and in 1996, a trust fund was created to provide money to individuals whose health was affected by occupational asbestos exposure. To this day, the asbestos trust fund continues paying out financial compensation to anyone harmed by the products of Keene Corporation.

If you were employed at Keene Corporation between 1967 and 1971, you are at high risk of developing terrible diseases such as lung cancer or mesothelioma due to the inhalation and ingestion of asbestos fibers. Therefore, we urge you to seek medical assistance immediately in the event you notice one or more of the following symptoms: chest pain, difficulty breathing, fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, a persisting cough, night sweats, clubbed fingers. Nevertheless, the diseases asbestos exposure causes are rarely caught on time, as they are very insidious and mimic common pulmonary conditions like asthma or bronchitis. For this reason, the specialists at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. provide screenings free of charge to anyone who worked at Keene Corporation during the heyday of asbestos. Please send in your chest X-ray and our medical experts will thoroughly examine it to let you know whether asbestos has damaged your lungs.

Call 205.328.9200 Asbestos Screening

Lung Disease, a Serious Concern for the Family Members of Former Keene Corporation Workers


Although most people who suffer the harrowing effects of asbestos exposure came in contact with the mineral in the workplace, a minority of approximately 10% of asbestos victims encountered it in their own homes. Lack of adequate industrial hygiene was to blame for these tragic occurrences, as people who handled asbestos on the job were not required to change clothes or shower before returning home to their families. Consequently, millions of individuals were indirectly exposed to asbestos in non-occupational settings. Exposure to asbestos entails a health danger regardless of the context in which it takes place, so people who come in contact with the mineral in their households can develop the same diseases as those who inhale or ingest toxic fibers in the workplace.

Sharing the same house with someone who was handling asbestos on the job now places you at risk for receiving a diagnosis of lung disease in the near future. From mild pulmonary disease such as pulmonary fibrosis and asbestosis to devastating illnesses such as lung cancer and mesothelioma, you are susceptible to falling ill if you underwent secondary asbestos exposure. Because these diseases have a long latency period, one can ensue at any time, so the risk never diminishes. Our specialized attorneys provide quality legal assistance to secondary asbestos exposure victims as well. Therefore, if you lived with a Keene Corporation worker and struggle with a debilitating diagnosis, we strongly advise you to contact us as soon as possible. We will quickly help you recover the compensation you deserve from the company’s asbestos trust fund, a process which requires no litigation.