Like many companies today, ABB Lummus Global, Inc. is the product of mergers. In 1988, Almänna Svenska Elektriska Aktiebolaget (General Swedish Electrical Limited Company, ASEA – est. 1883) and Brown, Boveri & Cie (BBC – est. 1891) merged into what would become ABB Asea Brown Boveri.  With additional purchases by ABB in 1989, they announced their agreement to purchase Combustion Engineering, a major manufacturer of boilers in the United States, and the formation of their U.S. based ABB Lummus Global, Inc.  The catalog of products manufactured by ABB as a whole include, but are not limited to, electrical lights, generators, electrical motors, controls, transformers, steam turbines, and boilers. 

Many of the products mentioned above utilized asbestos-containing components and/or required the use of asbestos-containing insulation due to its ability to withstand high levels of heat.  Tradesmen such as boilermakers and engineers were often tasked with removing asbestos-containing insulation around the boilers and steam turbines, as well as asbestos-containing gaskets around the doors in order to access what needed to be worked on or repaired.  In turn they were often present amongst other tradesmen such as insulators. These insulators would cut asbestos-containing insulation products to size and mix asbestos-containing refractory cement to be used with reinsulating these boilers and steam turbines.  Many of the electrical products such as transformers and controls utilized asbestos as well.  Components such as asbestos-containing electrical panels and wire insulation were often manipulated, cut, broken, and disturbed by tradesmen such as electricians during installation and repair.  Each one of the aforementioned processes produced asbestos-laden dust that was unavoidably breathed by any worker in the area.  No matter the course or duration, any exposure to asbestos for any amount of time puts an individual at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma or lung cancer.

Throughout the years ABB Lummus Global, Inc. and its subsidiaries sold many asbestos-containing products and equipment.  These products and equipment were utilized anywhere from power plants, factories, hospitals, etc.  The tradesmen who worked with these asbestos-containing products and equipment did so with little-to-no warning indicating the dangers they faced through their everyday work; needlessly increasing the customer’s risk of developing mesothelioma or lung cancer. 

Our clients understand the importance of securing legal representation as soon as possible after a diagnosis of mesothelioma or lung cancer.  If you or a loved one worked with any products or equipment produced by ABB Lummus Global, Inc. or any of its subsidiaries such as Combustion Engineering, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights