Mesothelioma is an aggressive and rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdominal organs, and heart. This terrible cancer most often affects older men who were exposed to asbestos at work. In 85% of cases, mesothelioma develops in the membranes around the lungs.
Mesothelioma is almost always caused by extensive exposure to asbestos, which was commonly used as heat and fire insulation in heavy industry and manufacturing until the 1980s. Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma annually.
Although asbestos is used much less today, there are still people alive who were exposed to asbestos years ago that could still be diagnosed with the deadly illness. (Rarediseases.org)
Kentucky and Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos exposure usually occurs on the job. Kentucky residents who did not work around products that contain asbestos have a low risk of getting mesothelioma in most cases.
Kentucky has no naturally-occurring asbestos mines or deposits. But the CDC reports the state has a mesothelioma mortality rate of seven per one million residents.
As in many states, it was common for Kentucky factories in many industries to use asbestos for its fire and heat-resistance. Asbestos was inexpensive, effective, and did protect workers and machinery from heat. But that protection came at the expense of exposing them to the lethal hazards of asbestos exposure. (mesothelioma.com)
Kentucky Sites of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos was used for years in Kentucky chemical plants, military installations, oil refineries, and more. If you were employed in one of these industries before the 1980s, it is possible you were exposed to asbestos.
Chemical plants in Kentucky often relied on ‘blue asbestos’ to protect workers and machinery from heat and chemical reactions. This is one of the deadliest forms of asbestos because it is so brittle. Two of the largest chemical plants that exposed workers to asbestos are Louisville Chemical Plant and Alcoa Aluminum.
Military installations such as Fort Knox and Fort Campbell used asbestos throughout their buildings. Military veterans on base and maintenance workers probably were exposed to asbestos over the years.
The oil refining business involves flammable materials and dangerous chemical processes, so it was natural for refineries to be full of asbestos on machines and in the construction of buildings. Marathon Refinery Kentucky and Somerset Refinery in Kentucky are two oil refineries that put workers at risk of asbestos exposure.
Machinery used to make electrical power, such as generators, turbines, and boilers often were built with asbestos to reduce the chance of fire. While asbestos did protect workers and equipment, power plants such as Paradise Power Plant in Kentucky put workers at high risk of asbestos exposure.
Many older school buildings in the state have asbestos problems. Kentucky has asbestos issues in schools at all age levels. Some of the most problematic schools are Ballard Elementary in Jefferson and Carroll County High School in Carrollton. Some colleges also used asbestos on campus, such as Eastern Kentucky University and Murray State University.
The town of Danville, Kentucky, has had several asbestos contamination problems. In 2006, work crews found asbestos in floor tile adhesive in a store that was to be demolished. Also, asbestos was found in a boiler in city hall. In both instances, thousands of dollars had to be paid to have the asbestos safely removed and disposed of.
Kentucky Job Sites with Asbestos Exposure
Some of the companies in Kentucky with verified asbestos exposure problems include: (asbestos.com)
- Alcoa Aluminum
- Florida Tile
- Fort Campbell
- Reynolds Aluminum
- Ashland Oil
- Louisville Chemical Plant
Kentucky Asbestos Exposure Laws
The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program and the Kentucky Division of Waste Management regulate all asbestos activities that relate to disposal and worker safety. Any company that works with asbestos abatement in home renovation projects must comply with all state regulations for the safe removal and disposal of asbestos. (EEC.KY.gov)
Louisville, Kentucky also has the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) that provides permits, inspects asbestos removal projects, and investigates allegations of illegal asbestos removal.
Kentucky state and local regulations require a permit and a licensed contractor to be used to remove asbestos-containing material from any structure in the state, except for a private residence. (Louisvilleky.gov)
Kentucky Mesothelioma Attorneys
Many workers in Kentucky’s manufacturing and industrial companies were exposed to asbestos over the years. Some of them were diagnosed with mesothelioma and some may be in the future.
If you believe a Kentucky company exposed you to asbestos and caused your disease, talk to one of the Kentucky asbestos exposure attorneys below.
Satterley & Kelley PLLC
8700 Westport Road, Suite 202
Louisville, Kentucky 40242
Satterley & Kelley PLLC believes you should not suffer from a current or former employer’s negligence. The personal injury attorneys at this respected Kentucky law firm have years of experience representing people who were exposed to asbestos at work and in the home. They can help you get the mesothelioma compensation you need.
Becker Law Office
9300 Shelbyville Road, #215A
Louisville, Kentucky, 40222
The product liability attorneys at Becker Law have the experience, skill, and resources to represent you in your asbestos exposure case effectively. They understand how difficult a mesothelioma diagnosis is and know how to get maximum compensation from negligent corporations.
Brett H. Oppenheimer Attorney at Law
106 West Vine Street, Suite 800
Lexington, Kentucky, 40507
There are far too many companies in Kentucky that needlessly exposed workers to hazardous asbestos. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, talk to Brett H. Oppenheimer Attorney at Law to determine if you can qualify to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.
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