Kevin Sinyard developed malignant pleural mesothelioma following a 25-plus year career as a pipefitter. Three of the defendants include premises defendants (Georgia Power, Ford Motor Company, and Piedmont Hospital), where Sinyard worked from 1975 until 1989. The trial court granted summary judgment to all three defendants.
However, the Georgia Court of Appeals reversed the decision. First, there was a genuine issue of material fact regarding “whether Sinyard had equal knowledge of the specific risks of exposure to asbestos at the time he worked at the Georgia Power plants.” The Court of Appeals noted that Georgia Power knew of the hazards of asbestos as early as 1973. Georgia Power trained its union employees, set forth asbestos-related policies, and provided respirators to them. In contrast, Sinyard did not have formal training as to identify asbestos-related materials.
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