Asbestos Exposure & Mesothelioma in Arizona
Arizona, the Grand Canyon State, is best known for its desert landscape and beautiful red rock canyons. The dry Arizona land is rich in many minerals, making Arizona home to several mining industries and manufacturing companies. Throughout the 20th century, naturally occurring asbestos, a fibrous, flame and heat resistant mineral, was mined at numerous sites throughout Arizona. Asbestos was then used or processed in several industries including construction sites, mines, copper mills, power plants and other manufacturing work sites.
With the significant amount of asbestos exposure in Arizona, from mining or other industries, thousands of Arizona residents remain at risk for serious health problems. The attorneys at MesoLawyersCare have been able to recover money awards for workers and their family members who have been harmed (often fatally) by worksite exposure to asbestos throughout Arizona. A few of the specific worksites in Arizona that used asbestos or asbestos-containing products include:
1. Garrett AiResearch – Phoenix, AZ
Founded in 1936 by John Clifford Garrett, Garrett AiResearch was a turboprop engines and turbochargers manufacturer and a pioneer in developing numerous aerospace technologies. In 1942, Garrett AiResearch established their manufacturing facilities in Phoenix, for turbocharger design manufacturing, as well as manufacturing equipment needed for cabin pressurization in airplanes. As with many manufacturing plants, employees at the Phoenix Garrett AiResearch worksite were exposed to large amounts of asbestos while working with or repairing equipment, machinery, and products that contained asbestos because of its fire-resistant properties. Workers exposed to asbestos at the Garrett AiResearch are at risk for developing fatal asbestos related illnesses because the company (and those supplying asbestos-containing products) did not take precautionary measures to keep employees safe.
2. Kyrene Generating Station – Tempe, AZ
The Kyrene Generating Station is owned by the Salt River Project (SRP), which supplies power to over 727,000 customers in the Phoenix, Arizona area. The Kyrene station has one combined-cycle generator, two steam generators, and three combustion turbine generators and can produce 521 megawatts of electricity. The first unit for the Kyrene Generating Station was completed in 1952, but the station expanded, and the newest unit was completed in 2002. It is SRP’s oldest operating steam plant and can produce power within 20-30 minutes. Because of the extreme temperatures required to burn natural gas and oil to produce the steam required to create electricity, most power plants constructed before the 1980s used asbestos in building their facilities and insulating and sealing their equipment like boilers and piping. In power plants like the Kyrene Generating station asbestos material often became airborne, leaving workers exposed to inhaling the dangerous dust on a regular basis.
3. Kennecott Copper – Hayden, AZ
In 1911, Kennecott Copper Corporation founded the company town of Hayden, AZ. The small town was rich in high-grade copper ore, and the company set up a large mine and smelter facility. The Kennecott Copper Mine in Hayden remains one of three operating copper smelters in the United States. Employees at the copper mine participated in the extraction and processing of this copper. Because processing copper requires extremely high temperatures, asbestos was used in high quantities to insulate and seal equipment in the copper plants. Workers also used asbestos gloves, clothes, and other protective gear while working with the hot temperatures. As a result, many workers who were exposed to asbestos, as well as their family members who came into contact with asbestos particles on worker’s clothing, are at risk for developing life-threatening asbestos related illnesses, including mesothelioma.
4. Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station – Tonopah, AZ
The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Tonopah, AZ is the largest power plant in the United States. The plant produces on average 3.3 gigawatts of power per day, which is enough to provide over four million people with power. In all, the plant produced roughly 35% of electric power generated in Arizona. The Palo Verde plant has been protected by the National Guard on several occasions because it is considered of crucial strategic importance to the United States. However, with the intensely high temperatures required to create electricity at the plant came the heavy use of asbestos throughout the facilities—asbestos was used in boilers, pipes, and other equipment. Contact with asbestos while working at Palo Verde has caused asbestos-related illnesses, including mesothelioma, in former workers.
5. Phelps Dodge – Clifton, AZ
Phelps Dodge was a mining company originally established in 1834 in New York. By the late 1800s, Phelps Dodge expanded to Arizona, where the land was rich with copper. Copper was mined and smelted at mines in Eastern Arizona. The Phelps Dodge Morenci Mine near Clifton, AZ, became the economic center of several small Arizona towns like Clifton. The mine continued to operate throughout the 20th century and by the early 2000s rise in copper prices led the mine to expand to 4,000 employees and increase production to an average of one million tons of ore per day. Because copper manufacturing requires heating materials to very high temperatures and uses large amounts of electricity, it was common to use asbestos in copper plants, leaving workers exposed. Asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma, usually begin to show years (20-40 years) after original exposure. This means that individuals who worked in at the Phelps Dodge mine, even decades ago, likely experienced harmful levels of exposure. Phelps Dodge also made industrial cable that often included layers of asbestos to which workers were exposed when they cut and stripped the cable.
The attorneys from MesoLawyersCare have recovered more than $10 billion dollars for people diagnosed with mesothelioma. Our firm has successfully represented workers exposed to asbestos throughout Arizona and the United States. For more information or a free consultation, fill out our website form, have a live chat now with one of our representatives, or call the number on this page.
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