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Printer develops bladder cancer after working 15 years in check printing plant.

Hartley Law Group, pllc, along with Robert Pierce & Associates, recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a deceased employee's family in the Common Pleas Court of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania as a result of his development of and death from bladder cancer. Joel Hamilton began work with Deluxe Financial Services, Inc. at its Allegheny County Pennsylvania facility in 1976 in the makeup department preparing printing plates for placement into the check printing presses. At times over the course of the next 15 years of his employment with Deluxe, Hamilton's job duties required him to clean printing plates used in the check printing presses with percholorethylene, and to operate and maintain the presses which exposed him to aromatic and chlorinated solvents. Plaintiff asserts that the manufacturers and suppliers of the solvents Hamilton worked with and around failed to warn or adequately warn him of the risks associated with their products. Plaintiff further asserts that Deluxe did not supply their employees with personal protective equipment such as respirators, rubber aprons or any other protective equipment to shield them from dermal or inhalation exposure to the solvents. Both Deluxe and the suppliers of the perchloroethylene failed to heed recommendations promulgated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 1978 as "Current Intelligence Bulletin 20: Tetrachloroethylene (Perchloroethylene)," and furthermore failed to follow the guidance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1980 when that agency recommended that perchloroethylene should carry a label warning that it might be carcinogenic to humans. Hamilton contracted small cell carcinoma of the bladder in 2015 which ultimately took his life in August 2016.

Plaintiff filed suit against her husband's former employer – Deluxe Financial Services, Inc., – as well as the suppliers of the solvents, including Ashland LLC, CRC Industries, Inc., and others. Evelyn J. Hamilton, Individually and as Administratrix of the Estate of Joel Hamilton, deceased v. Deluxe Financial Services, Inc., et al., Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court No. GD-17-4439.

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