Starting out as the U.S. Foil Company in 1919, the Reynolds Metals Company grew steadily and became perhaps best known as the maker of Reynolds Wrap. Before that, it manufactured foil for use in packaging, labeling and foil bags for food and insulation paper laminated with foil.
The company later expanded into manufacturing aluminum siding. Further expansion saw Reynolds Metals Company producing plastics and plastic wrap.
Asbestos was used extensively in building materials for the Reynolds Metals Company, as it was in many industries in the 20th century until it was mostly banned in the 1970s. The manufacturing of metal products requires equipment utilizing very high temperatures. Asbestos was used to insulate the buildings themselves as well as the machinery.
Pipes were often lined or wrapped with asbestos insulating material, as were furnaces, ovens, generators, boilers and tanks. Nearly any area that needed heat or fire protection used asbestos. Many workers in these facilities also wore heat- and fire-resistant clothing made with asbestos, such as aprons, mitts, masks and pants.
Mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused only by exposure asbestos, requires the earliest detection possible in order to prolong the life of the victim. Anyone who worked at the Reynolds Metals Company in Corpus Christi should check with their doctors, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms.
As industry grew in the 20th century, so did the need to have an inexpensive, lightweight yet strong material that could provide insulation in construction materials. Asbestos is a fiber-like mineral found in certain types of rock. It is not dangerous until it breaks or disintegrates, and the microscopic fibers are released into the air and breathed into the lungs.
The fibers can become lodged in the lungs for a long period of time. Individuals may not even know it until many years later. The result can be painful breathing problems, lung tissue scarring, lung cancer or the rarer, but very deadly, mesothelioma. Early diagnosis provides the best chance of stemming the detrimental effects of asbestos exposure.
Workers who had jobs at smelters or refineries were probably exposed the most to asbestos in the metal industry. Workers who were involved in factory maintenance and handled insulation used in pipes, motors and fittings also faced exposure. Even family members of these individuals could have been exposed, as asbestos contaminants, once they are airborne, cling to hair and clothes, thus being transported to offsite locations as well.
If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos while working for Reynolds Metals Company in Corpus Christi and contracted mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to compensation.
Let the law offices of Kraft & Associates, P.C., advise you about your legal rights as a mesothelioma victim. We’re an established and professional law firm with friendly lawyers and staff who are easy to talk to. Call us at (214) 999-9999 or contact us online for a free consultation and claim evaluation.