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Power plants, which create, store and distribute power, often employ approximately 400 to 700 workers. Over the years, these workers, from maintenance to management, may have been exposed to asbestos. Power plants contain massive heat-generating and steam-powered machinery — especially boilers and turbines that were often laced with asbestos-containing insulation, refractory and other components. Exposure to asbestos can lead to the diagnosis of devastating diseases, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Exposure to asbestos was especially common among power plant workers who installed and maintained asbestos-containing pipes, electrical equipment, pumps and other high-temperature equipment. Once the asbestos in equipment was disturbed, airborne asbestos fibers became toxic hazards. Tight conditions and poor ventilation allowed airborne asbestos to circulate throughout the facility for extended periods of time — exposing personnel who did not even handle the asbestos materials directly.
There are hundreds of power plants in America. Asbestos was installed in every part of power plant operations from the 1920s until the mid-1980s. Practically every worker employed at a power plant during those years experienced asbestos exposure to some degree.
Some of the power plant occupations that were put at particular risk of asbestos exposure include:
If you believe you or a loved one may be experiencing mesothelioma symptoms as a result of asbestos exposure at a power plant, Contact Us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced asbestos attorneys.
The asbestos attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy have helped many power plant workers diagnosed with mesothelioma fight against corporations who knowingly exposed them to asbestos. Our clients have worked in power plants across the country, including those below.