Wheel and Tire Builders

While on the job, wheel and tire builders may be at risk of being exposed to toxic minerals and chemicals that can cause cancer. One such risk is asbestos, a multipurpose material used in various building, manufacturing and commercial applications.

Sadly, those exposed to asbestos can develop a rare and aggressive cancer called mesothelioma decades later.

If you or a loved one worked in the tire manufacturing industry and was later diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Learn more about your options today during a free legal consultation.

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Asbestos Exposure in the Tire Manufacturing Industry

Because the equipment they commonly work with can contain asbestos, tire builders are at an increased risk of mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.

The process of building tires begins with pouring rubber into molds. Tire builders then apply steam to heat the rubber in the curing mold, press or autoclave. Unfortunately, the equipment used to heat the rubber tires also contained numerous asbestos-containing parts, like insulation, boards and brakes.

Not only did the equipment used to make the tires expose workers to asbestos, the tire molds themselves were lined with asbestos-containing talc, so the tires would separate from the mold easily.

Sadly, tire manufacturers knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure but neglected to warn tire builders about the risks or provide them with protective equipment.

At-Risk Occupations in the Tire Manufacturing Industry

In the United States alone, there are over 50,000 workers in the tire manufacturing industry. These workers produce hundreds of millions of tires annually. To do so, however, tire builders may have had to come into contact with dangerous asbestos products, something tire builders were not warned about beforehand.

Many occupations in the tire manufacturing industry came with a risk of asbestos exposure, including:

  • Factory workers
  • General laborers
  • Mixing operators
  • Production line operators and supervisors
  • Retread tire technicians
  • Tire builders
  • Tire cord production machine operators
  • Warehouse workers
  • Wheel and tire assembly workers

Unfortunately, these workers may have unknowingly brought asbestos fibers home with them, putting their loved ones at risk of asbestos exposure as well.

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Simmons Hanly Conroy Helps Tire Builders and Their Families

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma after working in a tire manufacturing role, you may be able to take legal action.

Our asbestos attorneys can help you hold the companies responsible for your illness accountable and pursue compensation on your behalf.

As a leading national mesothelioma law firm, Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped thousands of families affected by asbestos exposure across the country get the results they deserve. Over the last 20 years, we’ve recovered over $7 billion for clients with mesothelioma and their loved ones.

Get a free legal consultation or call (800) 326-8900 today to learn more about your legal options and how we can help. There’s no cost to speak with our team.

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Legal Reviewer Nick AngelidesReviewed by:Nicholas J. Angelides

Shareholder, Simmons Hanly Conroy

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Attorney Nick Angelides is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy. He joined the firm in 2003, and currently helps direct the legal strategy for all of the firm’s asbestos and mesothelioma cases. Nick has nearly 15 years of litigation experience and has handled asbestos cases throughout the country, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of individuals and families impacted by asbestos-related diseases.