A jury in Buffalo, New York has ordered a former employer to pay a substantial amount in damages to Gerald Failing, a resident of Niagara Falls. Failing worked for Durez Plastics in North Tonawanda for 12 years, from 1966 to 1978. The company, now owned by Sumitomo Bakelite North America Inc., manufactures thermoset materials. Failing’s job included dumping raw asbestos and mixing it with other materials, creating a cloud of asbestos fibers in the workplace. Breathing asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma, the deadly disease that Failing has contracted. The jury placed sole responsibility on the company that supplied the asbestos, Hedman Resources Ltd.
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