A.K. Steel Holding Corporation

The AK Steel Corporation, a United States company founded in 1900, was originally known as Armco (the American Rolling Mills Company). The A.K. Steel Corporation is located in West Chester, Ohio, after relocation in August of 2007 from Middletown, Ohio.  The company also owns several different production facilities in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Canada. Products produced in these facilities include different variations of steel and carbon. The company’s U.S. facilities are located in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

Like many companies in the steel industry, AK Steel used asbestos as an insulator on its work site because of its ability to avoid and resist fires. However, much of this took place in the early part of the 20th century, when this material was not regulated. While using asbestos to help resist fires helped to protect the workers and the property at the time, the long term results outweigh these immediate results. Numbers of employees of the AK Steel Corporation have suffered and are continuing to suffer from illnesses that have been caused by exposure to asbestos.

When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can rest in the lungs for up to five decades. While destroying respiratory passages, asbestos can also cause cancer and other disorders and diseases. Mesothelioma is the most serious illness that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer with a particularly poor prognosis and treatment rate. Although several different treatment options exist for those who are suffering from mesothelioma, few have shown consistent promise.

Doctors recommend that former workers of The AK Steel Holding Corporation and other steel mills speak with medical professionals about their exposure to the asbestos. Not only are former employees urged to come forward though, as their families should speak with medical professionals as well. Since asbestos fibers can be travel on work clothes, there is the possibility of contaminating the home with asbestos and the possibility that other people in the home may have been subjected to the asbestos, putting them at risk as well. Speaking with a medical professional is essential because often time, the symptoms of mesothelioma and other diseases caused by exposure to asbestos are overlooked and misdiagnosed as less serious medical problems. Doctors should be informed of any possible exposure to asbestos in order to properly diagnose the patient with what may or may not be a serious illness related to contact with this toxin.