Asbestos Exposure & Mesothelioma in Georgia
Georgia is home to a large number of naturally occurring asbestos deposits. The Peach State was actually the first state to commercially mine asbestos. More recently, workers throughout Georgia have been exposed to the harmful material while working at paper mills, power plants, military bases, shipyards, and other large manufacturing facilities in the state.
Asbestos exposure can lead to serious health problems including Mesothelioma. These illnesses usually begin to show at least 20+ years after original exposure. This means that individuals, and their families, who worked in industries in Georgia that involved asbestos, even decades ago, may be at risk for asbestos related illnesses from past exposure. The attorneys at MesoLawyersCare have been able to recover financial compensation for workers and their families who have suffered from asbestos-related illnesses as a result of jobsite exposure to asbestos throughout Georgia. Below are summaries of five work sites within Georgia that have been particularly problematic in exposing workers to asbestos.
1. Vogtle Electric Power Plant – Waynesboro, GA (Georgia Power)
The Vogtle Electric Power Plant, known as Plant Vogtle, is a nuclear power plant along the Savannah River in Waynesboro, Georgia. The plant currently has two units—construction began on these units 1976 and was finished in the 1980s. Plant Vogtle has two more units under construction, and once finished, Vogtle will be the largest nuclear power station in the United States. The plant serves as an electric generating plant and contains turbines, generators, a computerized control room, a chemistry lab, and high-voltage switchyards. Asbestos was used in both the construction of power plants like Plant Vogtle, as well as, in the equipment required for producing power which had to handle extreme temperatures. Many employees came into contact with asbestos particles from working with asbestos insulated equipment. As a result, many former employees, and contractor workers who worked, at Plant Vogtle are at risk for developing asbestos related illnesses.
2. United States Gypsum – Chamblee, GA
Founded in the 1890s, the United States Gypsum (USG) Corporation is large manufacturing company that produces construction materials such as drywall and joint compound. During the 20th century, the use of asbestos in construction materials was particularly popular because of its ability to insulate and seal. USG corporation produced asbestos containing products for decades including plasters, paints, drywall, roofing materials such as ceiling tiles, joint compound, and pipe insulation. This large-scale use of asbestos left many USG employees exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos. Family members of USG Corp workers were also at risk for asbestos exposure when workers brought home asbestos particles on their clothing. USG bought large bags of asbestos from companies, including Union Carbide, for use in manufacturing asbestos-containing products. Industrial talc containing asbestos also may have been used at this job site.
3. Union Camp Mill – Savannah, GA
Union Camp Corporation was a paper and pulp company primarily based in the Southeastern United States. Founded in 1887, Union Camp had their largest mill in Savannah, Georgia near the Savannah River. The Savannah mill could produce up to 1.25 million tons of kraft paper and linerboard (used for boxes) a year. Union Camp Corporation was eventually acquired by International Paper in 1999. Union Camp Corporation used asbestos-containing materials when producing their paper and pulp. There were instances in which the paper industry added asbestos as an ingredient to certain paper products. However, most commonly, asbestos was used in building materials, insulation, and machinery components—employees or contractors who repaired or maintained the large equipment at the paper mills were often exposed to high levels of asbestos. The attorneys at MesoLawyersCare have successfully represented many paper mill workers who have developed mesothelioma as a result of their contact with asbestos while working in the paper industry.
4. Plant McManus – Brunswick, GA (Georgia Power)
Owned and operated by Georgia Power since the 1950s, Plant McManus was an oil-fired power facility. Plant McManus was ultimately closed in 2015, and in 2017, the old plant was destroyed in a controlled explosion. While in operation, Plant McManus used asbestos in their facilities. Equipment like boilers, turbines and generators were all insulated with, or had parts, containing asbestos. Maintenance and operation of this equipment exposed many employees to asbestos. Boiler operators and other maintenance workers were specifically at risk as their work continually brought them into contact with dangerous levels asbestos. Although the plant itself no longer exists, many Plant McManus workers are at risk of developing mesothelioma decades after their exposure to asbestos at this power plant.
5. American Cyanamid – Savannah, GA
American Cyanamid was a large manufacturing company that developed products ranging from industrial and agricultural chemicals to plastics and cosmetics. Founded in 1907 by Frank Washburn, the company grew to over 100,000 employees by the 1970s. Over the years, American Cyanamid has been criticized for a variety of environmental hazards including dumping sulfuric acid into the Savannah river. In addition, American Cyanamid used and produced asbestos-containing products for years, leaving many employees exposed to harmful levels of asbestos which cause serious, and often deadly, illnesses. American Cyanamid used asbestos in the production of several products including auto and aircraft ignition parts, circuit breakers, gears, canvas, and glass cloth. Their facilities also used asbestos containing ceiling and floor tiles, insulation, pipes, and gaskets.
The skilled attorneys from MesoLawyersCare have successfully represented workers exposed to asbestos throughout Georgia. Our attorneys have recovered more than $10 billion dollars for people diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos related illnesses. For more information or a free consultation, fill out the form on this page, start a live chat now with one of our representatives, or call us now.
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