Mississippi Asbestos Exposure
Beyond building trades, most occupational exposure to asbestos in Mississippi was among those who were employed in oil refining, power generation and shipbuilding.
Mississippi Cities where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Mississippi where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Mississippi there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.
Petroleum is a highly volatile substance, even in crude form. For this reason, asbestos insulation was used throughout oil refining facilities in structures, on machinery and in pipe fittings. In addition, much of the protective asbestos clothing worn by oil workers was lined with asbestos. Such refineries were operated by Chevron, Ergon, and Southland.
Power plants are also prone to fire danger; as in the case of oil refineries, asbestos insulation is used on pipe fittings, electrical conduits and machinery as well as within the structures themselves. The Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant, Jack Watson Powerhouse and Gulf Power Plant are all known to have had asbestos issues at some point.
In 2007, Puerto Rican doctors published a study in which chest x-rays of several hundred power plant workers were examined. Thirteen percent of these x-rays showed indications of asbestos-related illness.
Research from the National Cancer Institute has confirmed that workers employed in maritime professions run a "significantly higher" risk of asbestos disease than the general population. From the mid-1930s until the late 1970s, asbestos insulation was used extensively in the construction of sea-going vessels. Ingalls Shipbuilding and the Naval Station at Pascagoula are two facilities at which workers were known to have been exposed to asbestos. Those who worked in the shipbuilding industry could have been negligently exposed to asbestos and therefore should seek legal counsel from a mesothelioma lawyer.
Of the 612 patients who died from asbestos disease between 1980 and 2000, over one third were from Mississippi's larger cities. Twice as many of these were from asbestosis, which is far more common than mesothelioma (the latter is actually quite rare). However, asbestosis is highly treatable; as long as the disease is caught fairly early in mesothelioma clinics and patient is (A) not further exposed to asbestos and (B) not a tobacco user, the disease can usually be managed. On the other hand, mesothelioma is not usually diagnosed until the disease has reached its last stages.
Other Mississippi Jobsites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
If you or someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, you may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis or pleural mesothelioma.
- American Hardware Company
- City of Clarksdale - Municipal Power Plant
- Clarksdale Public Utilities Comm
- Coahoma County Hospital
- Emhart Company
- Mississippi Cotton Seed Oil Company
- Baxter Healthcare Corp
- Baxter Laboratories Inc
- Broom Hall
- Ewing Hall
- R.L. Caylor Hall
- Cafeteria Columbia Training School
- Jacob & Rouse Cottages Columbia Training School
- Johnston Tombigbee Furnit
- New Orleans Furniture Manufacturing Company
- Southern Naval Stores
- Buckeye Cotton Oil Company
- Kimberly Clark Corporation
- Rudolph Wurlitzer Manufacturing Company
- Southbridge Plastic Products, Inc.
- Worlitzer Piano Company
- Wurlitzer Manufacturing. Company
- Georgia-Pacific Corporation
- Federal Compress & Warehouse Company
- Grenada Light and Water Works
- Grenada Oil Company
- Koppers Company Inc Wood Preserving Div
- Memphis Hardware Flooring Company
- Moss Brothers
- Newsprint South
- North American Rockwell
- Wood Preserving Corp
- Aponang Manufacturing Company
- Hamilton Manufacturing Company
- I C Switch
- Kosciusko Cotton Mills
- Planters Oil Mill and Gin Company
- T.S. Wambles Machine Shop
- Denman Jr High School
- Engineering Office Mississippi State Hwy Dept
- Mccomb City Cotton Mills
- Sun Oil Company Plant
- Georgia Pacific Pulp & Paper
- Georgia-Pacific Corporation
- Monticello Plant
- St. Regis Paper Company
- Unbleached Kraft and Linerboard Mill
- Chambers Stove Company
- U.S. Plywood Corp
- University of Mississippi
- Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant
- Amerada Hess Corporation
- Black Creek Refinery
- Hess Oil & Chemical
- Kaiser Aluminum
- Mississippi Chemical
- Mississippi Gulf Refining Company
- Morrow Power Plant
- Pontiac Eastern
- Southland Oil
- Day Brite Lighting
- Mississippi Power and Light Company
- Southern Pipe & Supply Company
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- Tupelo Concrete Products, Inc.
- Tupelo Cotton Mills
- Tupelo District Office Mississippi State Hwy Dept
- Babcock & Wilcox Company
- Bryan Brothers Packing Company
- Bryan Foods
- West Point Plant
- West Point Works
- Coastal Chemical Corporation
- Mid-South Insulation Company
- Mississippi Chemical Corporation
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