In recent years, former employees of Bethlehem Steel have developed and died of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. Individuals who worked in the steel industry were at high risk for exposure to asbestos and coke oven emissions. Asbestos was utilized throughout the Bethlehem Steel Lackawanna Plant and could also be found in workers’ protective clothing. Workers who handled asbestos materials or were in the vicinity of others who did were at a high risk for injurious exposure, and at risk for developing mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos dust and fibers.
In addition to asbestos exposure, those who worked on top of, or alongside coke oven batteries are at a substantially increased risk for developing lung cancer and other cancers. Coke oven emissions are composed of gases and dust which are harmful to your lungs and skin.