An Arizona resident has filed an asbestos suit in Madison County, Illinois against 59 defendants alleging their negligence led to his disease, the asbestos-caused cancer mesothelioma.
Jesus Manriquez claims that he was exposed to asbestos both during employment and while performing home and auto repairs. He also alleges that he was exposed to the toxic mineral dust that his grandfather would bring home on his clothes while employed as a laborer at Kennecott Copper from 1930 to 1947.
“Dust created by working with and around asbestos and asbestos-containing products would permeate the person and clothing of the plaintiff and plaintiff’s grandfather,” the complaint states. “This dust contained asbestos fiber.”
The suit says that Manriquez’s grandfather would then bring the dust home on his clothes where it would once again become airborne.
Personally, Manriquez was employed was from 1959 through 1993 as a laborer and heavy equipment operator at various locations throughout both Arizona and Illinois. His suit alleges that “the defendants knew or should have known that the asbestos fibers contained in their products had a toxic, poisonous and highly deleterious effect upon the health of people” and that “the defendants included asbestos in their products even when adequate substitutes were available and failed to provide any or adequate instructions concerning the safe methods of working with and around asbestos.”
In addition, the complaint states that employees were never instructed on proper hygiene practices designed to reduce or prevent carrying asbestos fibers home.