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Automotive and Airplane Mechanic AML Settlement

Published on May 20th, 2020 by Andrew Hughes

An automotive and airplane mechanic used solvents containing benzene during his employment. The products he used were manufactured, marketed, supplied, sold, or distributed by the defendants. 

Mechanics are often exposed to benzene from lubricants, paints, degreasers, thinners, and other products used in their day-to-day work. Benzene absorption primarily occurs through inhalation, but can also be absorbed through the skin, or even be ingested when siphoning gas. Mechanics are especially vulnerable to inhalation because tubs of cleaning solutions and fuels vent benzene into their workplace. Some mechanics report that they once used fuels or brake cleaners to wash their hands.

As a result of his exposure to benzene, a known carcinogen, the former airplane mechanic developed acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), which led to his death in 2011. His estate brought a wrongful death claim against the defendants claiming that his illness was a result of his exposure to benzene. They sued Barryman Products Inc., Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., The B’Laster Corporation, and CRC Industries Inc. They brought claims of negligence and strict products liability against these companies.

Although the defendants denied that the benzene exposure led to his illness, the parties settled in 2016 for $255,000.

Do I Have a Case? 

Barryman Products Inc., Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., The B’Laster Corporation, and CRC Industries Inc. and other companies produce products used by mechanics. If you or a loved one has used products from these companies and have been diagnosed with a benzene related illness, you may have a claim against the manufacturer, supplier, or distributor.  Call Benzene Lawyers at 1-800-BENZENE to learn more today.

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