According to the Environmental Working Group, at least 194 people died from exposure to asbestos in Nebraska from 1979 to 2001. Douglas County, home to Omaha, suffered the highest number of deaths at 87.
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Industries in Nebraska where workers may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos include the Western Mineral Products manufacturing plant, power plants and construction sites.
From 1940 – 1990, asbestos-contaminated vermiculite was mined in Libby, Montana and shipped to processing plants throughout the United States. At least 131,696 tons of that vermiculite was shipped to Omaha, Nebraska, where it was made into insulation and concrete aggregate by Western Mineral Products. During that time, both plant workers and their families were at risk of dangerous asbestos exposure. Today, Western Mineral Products in Omaha is one of 28 identified Government Listed Asbestos Contamination Sites in the United States.
Nebraska is home to numerous power plants and power stations. Because of the intense heat buildup during the power generation process, asbestos was commonly used prior to 1980 as an insulator and fire retardant. Asbestos protected equipment exposed to extremely high temperatures, such as boilers, generators and turbines. Pumps and valves were often sealed with asbestos-containing gaskets, and pipes were insulated with asbestos. Asbestos was also used to fireproof roof structures and floors. When floors and ceilings were repaired, asbestos dust was distributed throughout the powerhouse, putting everyone at risk of asbestos inhalation.
Another high risk industry for asbestos exposure in Nebraska is construction. Before the dangers of asbestos were well known, the mineral was used as a fire retardant in wallboard, ceiling tiles, insulation, roofing materials and floor tiles. Today, whenever buildings are remodeled ot torn down, construction workers can be exposed to friable asbestos fibers. Proper safety precautions need to be taken, such as dampening asbestos-containing materials, wearing disposable protective clothing and avoiding the use of power tools.
If you or a member of your family has been affected by asbestos cancer in Nebraska or any state in the U.S., contact Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason. Our mesothelioma attorneys are experts in mesothelioma cancer lawsuits. We have over thirty years of experience providing mesothelioma legal representation to clients across the United States. We offer a free case evaluation and can fly to Nebraska to meet with you in person.
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