Paper mill workers

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

The paper mill workers were put in direct contact with the asbestos fibers, dangerously increasing the risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses. The plants where these people worked used raw asbestos as an important ingredient for their products. One of the steps in the production of paper was the drying of the pulp. The workers had the pulp placed on drying machines that would spread around excess asbestos-containing material.

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When the dryer felts needed to be replaced, the new felts were cut by hand and fitted - another process that posed a major threat to the workers’ health.

Not only the people involved in the production were put in danger, but also the workers that had to repair and do maintenance work on the machinery. By cutting, sanding, or removing parts of the machines, asbestos dust was produced and its particles spread around these factories.

Asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma or asbestosis were the result of the asbestos exposure these paper mill workers had to go through. The risk of developing these diseases was not limited to the workers but their families could easily inhale the poisonous fibers brought home on clothes and body.

Relevant job titles

  • paper mill laborer
  • paper mill worker
  • mill yard technician
  • paper folder
  • press operator
  • sorter
  • storeroom laborer

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People exposed through spouse, husband, parent, relative.

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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.

Companies that exposed paper mill workers to asbestos

Boise City, Idaho - Idaho

  • Boise Cascade Corporation

Kalamazoo, Michigan - Michigan

  • Allied Paper Corporation

Richmond, Virginia - Virginia

  • General Dynamics Corporation - National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO)
  • Chesapeake Corporation

Austin, Texas - Texas

  • Temple Inland, Inc.

Deerfield, Illinois - Illinois

  • Gaylord Container Corporation
  • Solo Cup Company
  • Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation

Georgia, Atlanta - Georgia

  • Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • Rayonier Inc.
  • Union Bag and Paper Company
  • RockTenn Paper and Packaging

Green Bay, Wisconsin - Wisconsin

  • Fort Howard Paper Company
  • Bemis Company, Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark paper plant
  • Wausau Paper Corp.

Hamilton, Ohio - Ohio

  • Champion Coated Paper Company
  • Mead Corporation

Hartsville, South Carolina - South Carolina

  • Croswell-Parsons Paper Mill Ruin

Holyoke, Massachusetts - Massachusetts

  • American Writing Paper Company
  • S. D. Warren Company

Jacksonville, Florida - Florida

  • Repap Wisconsin, Inc.
  • Southern Kraft Paper Corporation
  • Rayonier Inc.
  • Grass Fiber Pulp & Paper Corporation

New Baltimore, New York - New York

  • Croswell-Parsons Paper Mill Ruin

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania

  • Huntington Ingalls Industries - Ingalls Shipyard
  • Hammermill Paper Company
  • P.H. Glatfelter Company

Portland, Oregon - Oregon

  • Willamette Industries, Inc.
  • Louisiana-Pacific Corporation

San Francisco, California - California

  • Crown Zellerbach Corporation

Seattle, Washington - Washington

  • Weyerhaeuser

Stamford, Connecticut - Connecticut

  • International Paper Company

Tuscaloosa, Alabama - Alabama

  • Dixie Pulp Paper Inc.

West Monroe, Louisiana - Louisiana

  • Brown Corporation
  • Gaylord Container Corporation

Westbrook, Maine - Maine

  • S.D. Warren Paper Company Tram
  • Rumford Mill pulp mill and paper mill
  • Pejepscot Paper Company
  • Great Northern Paper Company
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Labor union members are also eligible

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