Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma in Nevada
The state of Nevada is best known for its tourism, entertainment, and hospitality industries. However, the state also has an industrial history that involves power and chemical plants, mining, and military. These industries have high incidences of asbestos use, a toxic heat-resistant mineral, that put the health of workers throughout the state at risk. Exposure to asbestos, can cause mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer.
Symptoms of asbestos related illnesses do not typically show until years later, so anyone exposed to asbestos on the job even decades ago can still be at risk for developing these illnesses. The lawyers at MesoLawyersCare have successfully handled legal claims for individuals and their family members exposed to asbestos at worksites across Nevada. The following five Nevada worksites are examples of places that have presented an elevated risk of asbestos exposure:
1. Stauffer Chemical – Henderson, NV
Stauffer Chemical had its beginnings as a San Francisco chemical company that manufactured herbicides for corn and rice. In 1952, Stauffer Chemical purchased a part of a U.S. government magnesium plant in Henderson. The company used their portion of the plant to produce chlorine, caustic, and chemicals for agricultural purposes. Stauffer Chemical’s involvement in the manufacturing and production of chemicals meant they used asbestos in their equipment to protect against corrosion and high temperatures. During the early 20th century, asbestos was commonly used in equipment such as furnaces, pipes and pumps, valves, gaskets, cement, and insulation in chemical plants. Workers who worked with or repaired and maintained equipment and buildings at the Stauffer Chemical facilities were at risk of exposure to asbestos.
2. Nellis Air Force Base – Las Vegas, NV
Dedicated in 1950, the Nellis Air Force base was used for Korean War training for the Air Force. The based conducted several pilot training programs for different types of airplanes to prepare pilots to be combat ready. The base was also home to many airplane and engine mechanics for jet aircraft maintenance. For years, asbestos was used at Air Force bases around the country both in the facilities and in airplane parts including, brakes, engine heat shields, gaskets, torque valves, insulation for electrical wiring, and insulation in cargo bays. Military and civilian personnel who worked with and aboard the airplanes were exposed to the toxic asbestos fibers. Because of this exposure, veterans and civilian employees who served at Nellis Air Force Base, thus have a higher likelihood of developing asbestos-related diseases
3. Mohave Power Station – Laughlin, NV
The Mohave Power Station was a coal-fired power plant owned and operated by Southern California Edison power company. The enormous 2,500 acre generating station was built in the Mojave Desert on the banks of the Colorado river. The plant had two identical generating units that went into operation in 1971. The plant had the ability to produce 1,580 megawatts of energy and operated until its close in 2005. It has since been decommissioned entirely. As was common in power plants built prior to the 1980s, the Mohave Power station used asbestos in its power plant. Asbestos was typically used on high-heat equipment in order to insulate and seal the machinery. The harmful effects of asbestos typically do not show until years later, so many former workers from the Mohave Power Station remain at risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos related illnesses.
4. Reid Gardner Generating Station – Moapa, NV
The 557-megawatt Reid Gardner Generating Station in Moapa, co-owned and operated by NV Energy and the California Department of Water Resources, went online in 1965 and primarily burned coal to generate electricity. The plant had four units that operated until they were all closed in 2014 and 2017. The plant faced several controversies including pollution to nearby Paiute reservations as well as asbestos use. As in other power plants built prior to the 1980s, when lawsuits and federal regulations prompted a shift to alternatives, the Reid Gardner Generation Station used large amounts of asbestos throughout its facilities in materials such as insulation, gaskets, packing, and cements, and sometimes, even in protective gear worn by workers. Former workers and their families may have been exposed to toxic levels of asbestos while working around or handling these items.
5. Titanium Metals – Henderson, NV
Titanium Metals Corporation was founded in 1950. Also known as Timet, the corporation manufactures titanium-based products. The large plant in Henderson, Nevada was opened for the production of metallic titanium. The titanium was mostly used for military purposed throughout the 1950s. Later, the Henderson facility expanded, constructing a vacuum distillation sponge facility on the site to make titanium sponge that was then used in other titanium products. Processing titanium requires heating the titanium to extreme temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit in sealed steel drums. Titanium Metals used asbestos-containing materials throughout their facilities so that the high-heat equipment used in the titanium production process could operate properly and efficiently. Workers and their family members were unknowingly exposed to asbestos and put as risk for developing deadly asbestos related diseases because Titanium Metals failed to warn about the hazards of asbestos.
The attorneys from MesoLawyersCare have recovered more than $10 billion dollars for people diagnosed with mesothelioma. Our firms have successfully represented workers exposed to asbestos in Nevada and throughout the country. For more information or a free consultation, fill out the form on this page, have a live chat now with one of our representatives, or call our offices.
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