The Porter Hayden Company was formed in 1966 as the result of a merger between H.W. Porter & Co. Inc. of New Jersey and Reid Hayden Inc. of Maryland. The two companies were selling and installing insulation in industrial facilities along the mid-Atlantic region since the 1920s, and Porter Hayden continued this work until the 1970s.
Unfortunately, the insulation installed by Porter Hayden contained asbestos, which exposed thousands of workers and installers to the hazardous substance.
The company filed bankruptcy in 2005 after it received thousands of asbestos claims.
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Although Porter Hayden was a distributor rather than a manufacturer of asbestos-containing products, the company is still held liable for the harmful effects caused by asbestos exposure in the facilities where insulation was installed. Additionally, insulation installers who worked for Porter Hayden were continuously exposed to asbestos, especially if they were involved with the cutting, sawing or grinding of asbestos insulation materials.Such processes had a tendency to release large clouds of asbestos-containing dust into the air, which could pose a serious health hazard if inhaled by workers nearby. If Porter Hayden employees inhaled this dust, microscopic asbestos fibers could have been embedded in delicate lung tissue, which increases the risk of developing asbestos-related diseases in the future.
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