Machinists and others who were exposed to gaskets and packing material made by Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, have until October 6, 2015 to file a personal injury claim if they believe exposure to Garlock’s products caused or may cause asbestos-related disease.
Garlock filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June 2010, and a current reorganization plan proposes to establish a fund of at least $357.5 million to pay pending and future asbestos-related claims against Garlock. In order to receive compensation from the fund, workers should file a claim before October 6, 2015, even if they have not yet been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.
Throughout much of the 20th century, Garlock used asbestos in manufacturing many of its products, including gaskets and valve packing. As those products aged and frayed and were replaced, they released toxic asbestos fibers into the air, which became a serious health hazard. The inhalation or ingestion of asbestos can lead to a number of future health issues, including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Garlock products, which included Gylon, Flexseal and Blue-Gard, were used to prevent leaks in pipes and valves where hot liquids, steam or acids flowed. They were used in oil refineries, chemical plants and power plants. They were also used throughout the construction and shipbuilding industries.
Despite the bankruptcy and proposed reorganization, Garlock remains the top manufacturer of industrial gasket products in the U.S. with an estimated 1,900 employees in 16 different operation centers.
To learn more and to file a claim, visit www.GarlockNotice.com or call 1-844-Garlock.