Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma in Missouri
Asbestos was used extensively in industries as an insulating and sealing material in Missouri and throughout the United States. But even after the power plants, oil refineries, manufacturing plants, shipyards, and other facilities began to phase-out asbestos, people exposed to asbestos continued to get sick with mesothelioma and other serious life-changing illnesses. This is due to the long “latency period” between the time a person is exposed to asbestos and when the disease develops. Second-hand asbestos exposure by the families and loved ones of workers is also extremely common. Some examples of Missouri worksites that presented workers (and their family members) with a high risk of asbestos exposure include oil refineries, power plants, a military munitions company, and a chemical and adhesives plant.
If you have developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos, you may be eligible for financial compensation for you and your family with the help of MesoLawyersCare attorneys.
The Springfield 3M plant opened its doors in 1967 and remains in operation today. The company, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, manufactured a number of products containing asbestos throughout its multiple locations until the mid-1980s. These include 3M caulk, 3M adhesive, and 3M wet adhesives. However, most of the asbestos-related lawsuits and injury claims filed against 3M pertained to its masks and respirators, which were marketed as providing adequate protection from the inhalation of occupational dust. 3M workers in Springfield (prior to the 1980s) may have been exposed to asbestos from the production of asbestos-containing products, in addition to workers in other industries and occupations who used asbestos-containing 3M products, or used 3M masks that failed to protect against asbestos exposure.
2. CertainTeed Roofing Plant
Originally founded near St. Louis in 1904 as a manufacturer of general roofing materials, CertainTeed Roofing is now part of the Saint-Gobain corporation. The company makes a wide variety of products, but also made asbestos-cement piping beginning in 1962 until the St. Louis-area plant’s closure in 1979. Not only were workers exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos from the pipe manufacturing process, but scraps were also taken home by workers and other residents of the neighborhood and used for various purposes. This resulted in non-workers becoming exposed as well. Making matters worse is the fact that the plant used a much rarer type of asbestos called “crocidolite” that is considered by some scientists to be more lethal than other types of asbestos (all of which are capable of causing mesothelioma).
3. Amoco Refinery
Standard Oil built an oil refinery in the small western Missouri town of Sugar Creek in 1904, which changed its name to Amoco in 1973 after purchasing American Oil Company decades earlier. Amoco was later owned by BP, but the refinery shut down in the 1980s (with nearly 500 employees at the time). Amoco (owned by BP) faced litigation from current and former workers beginning in the 1980s who developed asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related illnesses. Asbestos was used at the refinery to insulate pipes, fireproof boilers, as gasket and packing material, and for other applications where protection from heat and fire was key. Asbestos gaskets and packing would result in airborne dust when they were worn down and removed from equipment. This work site has also been claimed to be responsible for pollution from the refinery leached into the ground water and caused cancer in Sugar Creek residents.
4. Blue Valley Power Station
The Blue Valley Power Station just east of Independence, which became operational in 1958, burned more than 12 tons of coal per hour at its peak. The plant ceased operations in 2016, but a number of workers were exposed to asbestos and developed serious illnesses as a result. As with most power plants built in the 20th century, the Blue Valley Power Station used asbestos-based insulation, cements, gaskets and packing throughout its facilities in connection with the high-heat equipment that generated power. Certain workers, particularly pipefitters and laborers who cut, scraped or removed asbestos-containing materials, were more vulnerable to exposure than others. In addition to asbestos-related illnesses, the plant has been blamed for nearly a dozen deaths and hundreds of illnesses as a result of fine particle pollution (a deadly cocktail of heavy metals, sulfur dioxide, soot, and nitrogen oxides) reaching residential areas surrounding the plant.
5. Hercules Powder Co. (Louisiana, MO)
The Hercules Powder Co. was a small gun powder manufacturer based in Louisiana, Mo. whose workforce doubled during a period of high demand during World War II. This growth was maintained through large government contracts inked in the 1950s and 1960s before Hercules turned its attention to more consumer-based products in the 1980s. Since the company’s facilities used large quantities of asbestos-based materials, workers often became exposed to dangerous levels of the material, often leading to mesothelioma and other serious illnesses. Family members were also put at risk when asbestos dust was brought home on the fabric or work clothes.
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