Douglas Frase’s death at the age of 82 has been blamed on workplace benzene exposure after he worked at the Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. manufacturing facility in Eau Claire, Wisconsin from 1952 to 1992.
Now his son and his widow are filing a lawsuit against dozens of companies that supplied their loved one’s former employer, ranging from Exxon Mobil Corporation, Shell Chemical and Shell Oil Company, BP Products of North America, and Texaco Downstream Property.
The pair are seeking compensation for the damages that they and Douglas suffered as a result of what they are calling the companies’ negligence. Mr. Frase died of myelodysplastic syndrome, an illness that has been blamed on exposure to toxic chemicals including benzene.
According to evidence submitted to the court, in the forty years that he worked at the tire
Lawsuit Blames Multiple Products Used in Tire Manufacturing for Man’s Benzene Exposure
The benzene exposure claim made by Mr. Frase’s family reads in part, “Frase worked with and was exposed to toxicologically significant levels of defendants’ benzene, benzene derivatives, rubber solvents, solvent blends
Mr. Frase’s family’s benzene exposure is not the first lawsuit filed against these companies over exposure at this factory. A similar suit was filed in 2006 and then another in 2009. Both were settled out of court in 2016, just before the trials were about to be heard.