Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma in Vermont
Asbestos exposure is common in Vermont, as asbestos was used in several industries and construction within the state during the 1900s. Workers were exposed to asbestos at worksites throughout the Green Mountain State in industries such as mining, manufacturing, power plants and paper mills, all which have a history of asbestos use. Though it can take years before asbestos related illnesses are manifested, asbestos exposure can lead to life-threatening diseases including mesothelioma, a serious form of cancer.
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. Some examples of Vermont worksites that presented workers (and their family members) with a high risk of asbestos exposure include the following sites:
1. Vermont Asbestos Group
The Vermont Asbestos Group operated an asbestos mine on the border of the small towns of Eden and Lowell, Vermont. Called the Belvidere Mine, the mining of asbestos originally began in the early 1900s. In the 1930s, the mine passed hands to the Ruberoid Company, who greatly expanded the mine’s operations. At its peak, the mine employed over 300 people and was one of the world’s largest producers of white asbestos. By the 1970s, heath issues concerning the mining and use of asbestos became a public focus. However, the mine, which was purchased by mine workers (who formed the Vermont Asbestos Group), did not close until the early 1990s, which meant decades of mine workers and their families were exposed to the toxic asbestos. This exposure put those who worked at the Belvidere mine over the years at risk for developing asbestos related illnesses, including mesothelioma.
2. Goodyear Tire & Rubber – Windsor, VT
Established in 1898, Goodyear Tire & Rubber is a well-known American tire and rubber manufacturing company. The Goodyear manufacturing plant in the town of Windsor, Vermont began the production of shoe products in 1936. The Windsor plant specialized in producing rubber heels and soles for shoes. The plant operated until 1987, employing at its peak, 1,000 of the towns 4,000 residents. During much of the 20th century, rubber production involved asbestos use. Asbestos could be found insulating the Windsor Goodyear plant’s equipment, but also in the manufacturing process as rubber molds were sometimes dusted with asbestos-containing talc powder. Lawsuits pertaining to Goodyear Tire & Rubber manufacturing plants have been filed, alleging the company knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure but failed to warn workers and their family members. Former workers at the Goodyear manufacturing plants are at risk of developing deadly asbestos-related diseases.
3. Eastern Magnesia Talc Co. (Engelhard) – Johnson, VT
Eastern Magnesia Talc Co., a subsidiary of Engelhard (owned by BASF chemical), operated a talc mine in Johnson, Vermont from 1967 to 1983. When processed, talc ore from the mine was crushed and ground into powder. Talc mining and production can be problematic because talc is commonly found near asbestos, which often contaminated the talc and the talc products later produced. In the 1970s and 1980s, several laboratory tests revealed that the Johnson mine contained asbestos, and Engelhard products produced at the mine contained asbestos fibers. However, the company represented to its customers and workers that the mine and products were asbestos free. The company faced numerous asbestos lawsuits as a result of their misrepresentation. Miners at the Johnson mine were exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos both during the mining process as well as while producing talc products. Additionally, consumers using the products with talc originating from this mine would have been exposed to harmful asbestos as well.
4. Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant – Vernon, VT
Built on the banks of the Connecticut River, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant went online in 1972. Located in Vernon, Vermont, the plant produced 620 megawatts of electricity. By 2008, the plant generated 71.8% of all electricity produced in the state of Vermont. The plant operated until 2014, when economic factors forced the company to cease operations. Although asbestos use in nuclear power plants was phased out in the 1980s, workers involved in the construction, day to day operations, and repairs of the Vermont Yankee plant were likely exposed to asbestos. Specifically, asbestos could be found in pipe fittings, insulation, gaskets, turbines, fire doors, machinery, and even some floor and ceiling tiles at the plant. This proximity to harmful levels of asbestos put the health of those who built and worked at Vermont Yankee at risk. Family members of Vermont Yankee workers were also put at risk of asbestos exposure when workers carried home toxic asbestos dust on their clothing.
5. Robertson Paper – Rockingham, VT
Robertson Paper owned and operated a large industrial facility made up of several buildings in Rockingham, Vermont. The facility produced paper related products for over a century, operating in Rockingham from 1907 to 1987. Robertson first began producing tissue paper, and later expanded operations to include the production of waxed paper. At the time, it was the nation’s largest manufacturer of waxed paper. As was common in early 20th century paper mills, Robertson Paper used asbestos in their facilities. The paper making process requires a series of steps that include cooking wood chips at high temperatures to create pulp, and then the pulp is used to make paper. Because of the extreme temperatures generated in this process, substantial amounts of asbestos were used for insulation and sealants for boilers and other paper making machinery. Work at paper mills has been shown to significantly increase the risk of asbestos exposure. Those who repaired and maintained machinery and were exposed to dust from asbestos at the mill, are often most susceptible to asbestos-related illnesses.
The skilled attorneys of MesoLawyersCare have recovered more than $10 billion for people diagnosed with mesothelioma. Our firm has successfully represented workers exposed to asbestos in Vermont and/or residing in Vermont, as well as workers throughout the United States. 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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