For decades, the paper mill industry has been massive, and it continues to grow. In 2011, there were 81 mills in the United States drawing wood and the industry was producing over 122,000 tons of pulp per day, according to Green America. In the last 20 years, usage of paper products has increased from 92 million tons to 208 million – a growth of 126 percent.
With high demand for paper production comes demand for paper mill workers, who spend their days handling high-powered industrial equipment used to process lumber into paper and board products. These gigantic manufacturing facilities house a variety of power transmission, packaging and processing equipment – which in the past may have incorporated asbestos materials or insulation.
At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our ongoing focus is on helping mesothelioma victims and their families – the innocent workers wronged by corporations who knowingly put them at risk. We have experience helping people injured by asbestos who have worked at paper mills throughout the nation in a variety of positions including: