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Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M)

Workers Exposed to Asbestos

The company was founded in 1902 in order to mine for minerals used in the production of abrasive materials. By 1910, 3M started to attract investors, and by 1917, the company reached $1 million in sales. After 1950, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing went global opening factories in Mexico, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Australia. The company’s growth continues to this day with its product line still expanding. The products manufactured by 3M endangered the lives of the company’s workers and of the end consumers of products like asbestos containing adhesives, caulk and duct tape.

If You Were Employed at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Before 1986, You Are Now at Risk for Lung Disease

While the company is renowned for introducing numerous innovative products such as waterproof sandpaper and videotape to the world, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing has also greatly endangered the health of their workers for the better part of the last century. By employing asbestos, a highly carcinogenic mineral which occurs naturally in the earth, company executives completely disregarded the lives of the people who took part in the manufacturing process. As a consequence, plenty of former Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing workers have subsequently come to suffer from harrowing diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. It was not until 1986 that the company was forced to stop using asbestos. Besides the individuals who participated in the manufacturing process, the following occupational groups might have been exposed to Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing products as well: engineers, HVAC workers, mechanics, shipyard workers, boilermakers, construction workers.

Anyone whose health was affected by occupational asbestos exposure is eligible for compensation. Over 2,000 asbestos claims have been filed against Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing by injured workers hitherto. If you held down a job at this company before they ceased asbestos use and were diagnosed with a disease associated with asbestos exposure, we strongly encourage you to take legal action as soon as possible. Similarly to other personal injury cases, asbestos cases have a statute of limitations which may prevent you from benefiting from the money you deserve. A lawyer specialized in asbestos litigation will help you tremendously if you are a victim of workplace asbestos exposure, as they have the necessary resources and skills to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to from the liable party. Our attorneys have been providing legal assistance and representation to asbestos victims since 1990 and will gladly lend you a helping hand. For additional information, please feel free to contact us and we will thoroughly answer all your questions.

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Secondary Asbestos Exposure, Alarmingly Widespread Among the Families of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Workers


Considering how little thought asbestos company executives were giving to the safety and wellbeing of their employees, it is probably not surprising that people who worked in industries where this hazardous agent was involved were not required to change clothes or shower at the end of the day. Returning home covered with asbestos dust was a sure way to expose your family members, as well as any other person you might have come in contact with in the meantime. The health effects of secondary asbestos exposure, which occurs when one inhales or ingests asbestos fibers without being in close proximity to the source of contamination, are just as terrible as those of direct exposure. According to estimates, secondary exposure is responsible for the diseases of 10% of asbestos victims.

It is important to know that victims of secondary asbestos exposure can recover financial compensation for their physical and emotional distress, too. With the aid of a lawyer who specializes in asbestos cases, the family members of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing workers who suffer from diseases caused by asbestos are bound to obtain the most satisfactory results. Having been assisting victims of asbestos exposure for the past three decades, the attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. have collectively recovered over $1.4 billion so far and will gladly help you as well. If you lived in the same house as a Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing employee before 1986 and are now struggling with severe health problems as a result, please contact us and we will promptly put you in touch with one of our experienced lawyers.