An Emeryville company has been ordered to pay more than $4.3 million in damages to the families of three Bay Area industrial pipefitters who died of asbestos-caused lung cancer. The widow and son of William C. Hearn will receive $1.29 million as part of a verdict returned by a San Francisco jury on January 6th. Mr. Hearn was exposed to asbestos while working at a variety of industrial sites. The jury found that Plant Insulation Company, formerly a major industrial insulation products manufacturer and contractor in Northern California, was 59% at fault for the death. The company was also found liable for the deaths of James Harris who worked as a pipefitter at Bay Area oil refineries, and George Wetch, who worked at chemical plants and oil refineries in Contra Costa County.
Source: Mercury News
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