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Was Leukemia Caused by Workplace Exposure to Benzene?

Summary:


This exhibit graphically compares the level of workplace exposure to
benzene with common environmental exposures, each of which is a
multiple of the workplace exposure.

The plaintiff was a fabricator at a cruise missile defense plant working with fiberglass and other materials. He suffered from lymphocytic leukemia, allegedly as a result of workplace exposure to solvents containing benzene and other chemicals. Plaintiff claimed illness caused by his workplace exposure to benzene and other toxic chemicals contained in solvents used during the fabrication of cruise missiles. At issue was whether his illness was caused by chemical exposure that occurred at this particular employment, if his exposure was within safe limits, and if the workplace was adequately ventilated, and finally, whether his lifestyle or work history with other employers may have contributed to his illness.


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