Six Utahns who say they were exposed to asbestos while working many years as boilermakers have filed $1 million suits each against companies that manufactured asbestos products.

Among the 14 companies named as defendants in the U.S. District Court suit are the Celotex Corp., Delaware; Armstrong World Industries Inc., Pennsylvania; Carey Canada Inc., Canada; Eagle-Picher Industries, Ohio; Fireboard Corp., Delaware. None are based in Utah, and some are successors in interest to companies that once manufactured asbestos products.Plaintiffs are Kenneth L. Unsworth, who is named as a Utahn but whose address was listed as Farmington, N.M.; Duane H. White, St. George; Gordon E. Withey, Alpine; George A. Pantos, South Jordan; Joe S. Vigil, Layton; and Joseph J. Vigil, Sunset.

The suits claim all suffered lung damage and are in danger of contracting potentially fatal asbestos-related illnesses. They claim the plaintiffs were not adequately warned of the dangers of using the fire-resistant material.