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Spirax Sarco is a division of Spirax Sarco Engineering PLC. Founded in New York at the start of the 20th century, Spirax Sarco specializes in steam systems for various industries. Over the years, Spirax products have been widely sold and used by various industries including automotive, textile, and petrochemical. Before the 1980s, Spirax utilized asbestos throughout its product line. Consequently, many people were exposed to asbestos due to Spirax products. The company remains involved in lawsuits involving asbestos exposure in 2021.The History of Asbestos Use
Spirax Sarco is a company that arose from Spirax Sarco Engineering PLC, a company that manufactured steam traps as well as other steam-power-associated machinery. Spirax’s parent company, Sanders, Rehders & Company, was founded in 1888. In 1907, Sanders, Rehders & Company opened its first United States Branch in New York City. The branch was initially named Sarco Fuel Saving and Engineering Company, but later changed its name to Spirax Sarco.
In the early to mid-1900s, asbestos was placed in various pieces of equipment. While Spirax did not manufacture its own asbestos components, the company utilized parts containing asbestos that were made by third-party companies. Additionally, asbestos packing materials were added to Spirax’s steam traps and valves.
Following the introduction of legislation limiting the use of asbestos in the 1980s, Spirax Sarco began to stop placing asbestos in its products around this time and began to utilize safer materials that could function as asbestos substitutes. Unfortunately, Spirax faces many asbestos lawsuits involving asbestos exposure from this time and continues to be involved in asbestos lawsuits.Asbestos-Containing Products and Spirax Sarco
Spirax utilized asbestos gaskets as well as asbestos-containing packing materials manufactured by Garlock Sealing Technologies in its products. Spirax began to discontinue its use of asbestos in the 1980s, but asbestos might still exist in steam equipment today. Some of the asbestos-containing products sold by Spirax include air eliminators, flanged trainers, pipeline strainers, pressure-powered pumps, temperature pressure regulators, and thermostatic steam traps.Asbestos Exposure Litigation and Spirax Sarco
Spirax has been involved in a large number of lawsuits addressing asbestos exposure. One case concerned an Illinois widow who filed a lawsuit on behalf of her husband who passed away from lung cancer in 2016 due to asbestos exposure. The widow alleged that Spirax Sarco as well as two other companies were responsible for the deceased man’s cancer and that the cancer was the direct result of occupational exposure that occurred between 1970 and 1995. During his career, the man came into contact with asbestos-containing products that were manufactured by all three companies. Rather than compensate the victims of asbestos exposure through a trust fund, Spirax compensates victims by using its own funds.Obtain the Assistance of an Experienced Mesothelioma Attorney
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or a connected illness following exposure to asbestos-containing products manufactured by Spirax Sarco or an affiliate, all is not lost. You should not hesitate to speak with a compassionate lawyer who will remain committed to fighting for the results you deserve. Contact the Throneberry Law Group today to schedule a free case evaluation.