Asbestos Industry Cover Up

Internal documents show that the asbestos industry has been aware of the dangers associated with asbestos exposure since 1934

As early as 1934, asbestos industry executives have known about the dangers associated with asbestos exposure. Yet, despite the knowledge that asbestos was a public health risk, they chose do nothing. Nothing, except to try and cover up the evidence.

The following timeline of internal asbestos documents demonstrates the complete disregard for the safety and well-being of the public.

1934 – Expert Panel Report to the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health on Screening Guidelines for Asbestos-Related Disease.

Looking back in the light of present knowledge, it is impossible not to feel that opportunities for discovery and prevention of asbestos disease were badly missed. – Thomas Legge, Chief Medical Inspector of Factories

1934 – Aetna Insurance’s Attorney’s Textbook of Medicine devotes a full chapter to asbestos exposure, noting that asbestosis was ‘incurable’ and usually results in disability followed by death.

incurable and usually results in death – Aetna Insurance’s Attorney’s Textbook of Medicine

1949 – An internal Exxon memo marked ‘Company Confidential’ documents lung cancer caused by asbestos.

Company Confidential – Internal Exxon Document [Full Document]

1966 – The comments of the Director of Purchasing for Bendix Corporation (now part of Honeywell) capture the utter disregard of an industry for its workforce. This disdain is expressed over and over again in company documents spanning the past 60 years.

if you have enjoyed a good life while working with asbestos products, why not die from it. – Bendix Corporation letter [Full Document]

1973 – Industry expert predicts that approximately 25,000 past and present employees will dies of asbestos-related diseases, “and the good news is that despite all the negative articles on asbestos-health that have appeared in the press over the past half-dozen years, very few people have been paying attention.

the good news is that despite all the negative articles on asbestos-health that have appeared in the press over the past half-dozen years, very few people have been paying attention – Asbestos Textile Industry – Meeting Notes [Full Document]

1988 – Internal documents from the asbestos manufacturers themselves prove beyond any doubt that they are culpable for the death and great personal injury to their own employees.

The documents show corporate knowledge of the dangers associates with exposure to asbestos dating back to 1934. In addition, the plaintiffs’ bar will probably take the position – not unreasonably – that the documents are evidence of a corporate conspiracy to prevent asbestos workers from learning that their exposure to asbestos could kill them. – Memo from a trustee of the Manville Trust [Full Document]

2007 – Despite widespread belief that it should, asbestos still has not been banned. In fact, last year over 29 million pounds of asbestos was imported for use in products throughout the united states. However, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WASH) is working on a piece of legislation called the Ban Asbestos in America Act.

asbestos still has not been banned – Ban Asbestos in America Act [Full Document]

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