Workers file asbestos lawsuit against St. Louis energy company

May 30th, 2012

Current and former employees of a St. Louis energy company have filed an asbestos lawsuit alleging the company failed to protect them from asbestos exposure. The six employees claim Ameren knew the building contained asbestos but began construction, potentially releasing asbestos fiber into the air, without telling the workers or providing them with protection.

Asbestos is a carcinogenic material used heavily in construction through the 1970s. The fibers enter the air when disturbed and, when inhaled, can lead to severe diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Lawyers for the case believe more employees will join the lawsuit against Ameren as it moves forward. The employees are seeking lifetime medical monitoring from the company, because mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos diseases can take decades to develop.

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