Topics: Asbestos, Occupational safety and health, Dangerous goods Pages: 6 (1752 words) Published: April 12, 2013
Johns Manville originated in New York, in 1858 when the H.W. Johns Manufacturing Company was founded. H.W. Johns Manufacturing Company used asbestos to manufacture fire resistant roofing. In 1886, another company based in Milwaukee, the Manville Covering Company was founded and began manufacturing asbestos heart insulation. In 1901, the two companies merged and formed the H.W. Johns Manville Company. In addition to asbestos roofing and insulation, the company branched out into producing asbestos automotive sheet cylinder packing, asbestos acoustical products and asbestos cement.

In 1958, Johns Manville branched out into fiberglass. The company moved its headquarters from New York to Denver, Colorado, in 1972, and two years later became one of the leading U.S manufactures of PVC pipe, asbestos cement pipe and fiberglass. However, when thousands of people began developing serious illness as a result of asbestos exposure from Johns Manville products and filed lawsuits, the company filed for bankruptcy in 1982. In 1988, the company emerged from bankruptcy and founded the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust.

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. acquired Johns Manville in 2001. And today the company produces insulation and construction products. However, its product line is now made with fiberglass and polyurethane. The company also won awards for its formaldehyde-free insulation. Because of its extensive use of asbestos since Johns Manville was founded, hundreds of thousands of asbestos injury claims and lawsuits have been filed against the company. In fact, as early as 1929 employees filed health claims against the company. One of the lawsuits filed before the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust, which was founded in 1988, was Cavett.vs. Johns Manville Sales Corporation. James Cavett worked as a boilermaker for 40 years beginning in 1939. He repaired and built boilers in numerous plants. While working as a boilermaker, he worked around boiler and pipe insulation manufactured by Johns Manville. Cavett testified that the asbestos dust exposure was so bad that it looked like “someone dumped a barrel of flour on you.” He further testified that 80 to 90 percent of the insulation used was supplied by Johns Manville. Experts at the trial testified that Cavett suffered from asbestosis and lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. After Cavett passed away from asbestos-related lung cancer, his wife Mary was substituted as the plaintiff. The jury awarded her $800 000 for compensatory damages and 1.5 million for punitive damages.

2.0Why have Dr. Doll’s comments precipitated a crisis?
Dr Doll’s is one of the world’s leading epidemiologists and have authority on asbestos. Dr Doll’s said “Manville had cause for concern”. It’s mean the Manville produce the fiberglass that could be dangerous as asbestos. Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals used in certain products, such as building materials and vehicle brakes, to resist heat and corrosion. Asbestos includes chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite asbestos, anthophyllite asbestos, actinolite asbestos, and any of these materials that have been chemically treated or altered. Manville corporation produce the fiberglass for replace the asbestos. The asbestos causes illness and kill the people when they suffer the lung cancer and asbestosis. The crisis of Manville is produce the product containing the asbestos and after get more sue from the employee, Manville stop producing the product and replace with fiberglass but Dr. Doll’s not satisfied because Manville still produce product like fiberglass and give hazard towards people. The Anderson opinion mention there was no significant relationship between fiberglass and cancer.

3.0 Does the Manville have another asbestos on its hands? In your judgement, who or what was responsible for the asbestos disaster?
The Manville has no asbestos on its hands because Manville already...
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