A.W. Chesterton Company
For several decades, the A.W. Chesterton Company put asbestos in many of its products. The company manufactured sealing products containing asbestos, which placed countless workers in danger of exposure to these substances. Many workers have since initiated legal action against the company over asbestos-related illnesses.The History of the A.W. Chesterton Company
Founded in the 1880s in Boston, A.W. Chesterton manufactured and sold steamboat supplies. Over time, the company’s offerings expanded to fit a variety of industries. As A.W. Chesterton grew, many workers as well as consumers were exposed to the company’s asbestos-containing products.
By 1905, the company achieved national distribution after it acquired Ingall’s Boiler Cleaners and Scrapers. Within the next few decades, A.W. Chesterton Company expanded its sales and focused on gaskets and pump lines. In the 1920s, the company began to utilize asbestos as a cost-effective and durable material.
From the 1960s to the 1990s, A.W. Chesterton experienced its largest period of growth. During this time, the company introduced countless products including cleaners, lubricants, sealants, and split seals. Beginning in the early 1980s, the company focused on utilizing asbestos alternatives and even won awards for its environmentally-friendly options. A.W. Chesterton has continued to the present day and currently employs over 1,100 workers in 27 countries as well as more than 500 sales and services locations.Asbestos-Containing Products Manufactured by A.W. Chesterton
The A.W. Chesterton company has been involved in countless industries. Beginning with its involvement in the steamboat industry, the company quickly shifted to producing a variety of gaskets, lubricants, pumps, and sealants. Some of the asbestos-containing products manufactured by the company include graphite tape packing, power plant packing, valvelon, as well as various Chesterton Style packing including Style 292, Style 294, Style 296, Style 320, Style 326, Style 370, Style 375, and Style 1725.
The company serves various industries, which means that countless types of workers were exposed to asbestos found in A.W. Chesterton products. Some of the types of workers who were exposed to these products include chemical plant workers, hydroelectric power plant workers, manufacturing plant workers, miners, nuclear power plant workers, oil refinery workers, and steelworkers.Litigation Initiated Against A.W. Chesterton
A large number of workers and consumers have initiated legal action against A.W. Chesterton due to asbestos. Some of the notable lawsuits in which A.W. Chesterton has been involved include the following:
- In 1980, A.W. Chesterton was named as a defendant in its first asbestos lawsuits.
- A Navy veteran who was exposed to various A.W. Chesterton asbestos-containing products argued that he was not provided with any safety information about the material. The veteran later developed mesothelioma as the result of his exposure aboard naval vessels. As a result of his exposure, the veteran was awarded more than $5.5 million for medical expenses as well as loss of income and pain and suffering associated with his diagnosis.
Despite the large number of lawsuits in which the company has been involved, A.W. Chesterton, unlike many similarly-situated companies that used asbestos, has not established an asbestos trust fund to compensate victims.Speak With an Experienced Asbestos Exposure Attorney Today
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