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Woman sues over husband's asbestos exposure

By Molly English-Bowers | Nov 23, 2015

A Madison County woman claims her husband died from asbestos exposure when his respiratory equipment failed to provide adequate protection.

Joan Green, on behalf of the estate of Thomas Green filed the suit on Nov. 3 in Madison County Circuit Court against 3M Company, Apex Oil Company, Clark Oil & Refining Company, Premcor Refining Group, Radiator Specialty Company, Safety-Kleen Corporation, Safety-Kleen Systems, Turtle Wax Inc., and U.S. Steel Corporation.

Plaintiff Joan Green is the mother of the deceased's two children and as such has applied to be the special administrator of Thomas Green's estate.

According to the complaint, Thomas Green worked as a skilled tradesman for nearly 20 years at the Clark Refinery in Hartford, owned by Apex Oil Company, Clark Oil & Refining Company, Premcor Refining Group and Radiator Specialty Company.

While he was at work, the suit claims, he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or absorbed toxic dusts, fumes and vapors from products manufactured by the defendants Turtle Wax, U.S. Steel and Safety-Kleen Coporatin and Safety-Kleen Systems. Even though Thomas Green wore personal respiratory protection manufactured by defendant 3M, the suit claims it failed to provide adequate protection, which further led to his exposure to toxins.

The plaintiff seeks a sum in excess of the court's jurisdictional amount for damages.

The plaintiff is represented by Ted N. Gianaris and G. Michael Stewart, of Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-1418.

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