New Hampshire Asbestos Exposure
New Hampshire has no naturally-occurring asbestos within its borders. However, there more than fifty different locations in which asbestos exposure has been a problem; these sites range from power generation plants and oil refineries to military bases, and even public buildings such as schools and banks.
New Hampshire Cities where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
Provided below is a list of cities in the state of New Hampshire where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in New Hampshire 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.
Asbestos Building Materials
Although the Great Chicago Fire is the most infamous example, the fact is that city-wide fires were relatively commonplace during the 19th Century. Henry Johns came up with a solution in the 1850s when he founded the modern asbestos industry in the 1850s by offering a line of fireproof building materials. Ironically, the material on which he made his fortune wound up killing him; Johns died of asbestosis in 1898.
By then, medical researchers were starting to make the connection between asbestos and respiratory disease. At the same time, asbestos building materials were making their way into virtually almost every new building east of the Mississippi. Asbestos was hailed as a “miracle mineral,” making buildings safe and fireproof.
As these materials age and deteriorate however, they started to crumble into dust, releasing fibers into the environment. In this state, it is known as friable.
Shipyard and power plant facilities are two of the riskiest work environment when it comes to asbestos exposure. It was the S.S. Morro Castle incident in September 1934 that led shipbuilders to start using substantial amounts of asbestos in the construction of sea-going vessels. Naval personnel and civilian employees of the Portsmouth Navy Yard who worker or were stationed there prior to 1980 may be at risk for contracting asbestos disease. Those who believe they have been negligently exposed to asbestos should seek legal guidance from a mesothelioma lawyer.
Petroleum is not only volatile, but highly toxic as well. Because of this, asbestos-containing products were used extensively in the construction of such facilities. Like all asbestos building materials, these become friable as they age. Three percent of work-related deaths have been attributed to mesothelioma at the Coastal Oil refinery. In fact, the entire energy industry has made use of asbestos at some point; power generation plants and natural gas facilities such as the Dover and Exeter gas plants are two such industries in the state of New Hampshire.
Between 1980 and 2000, there were 234 asbestos-related deaths in the state of New Hampshire, which works out to in every 7,000 people. Mesothelioma was slightly more prevalent; these patients were primarily concentrated in the more urbanized regions of Hillsborough and Rockingham counties. Residents of such counties should seek medical attention from mesothelioma clinics.
Other New Hampshire Jobsites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they 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.
- Bow Power Plant
- Merrimack Station Powerhouse
- Public Service Company of New Hampshire
- Ashuelot Paper Company, Inc.
- Claremont Paper Company
- Claremont Paper Mill
- Compax, Inc.
- Joy Manufacturing
- Hamilton Smith
- Regional Center
- University of New Hamsphire
- Exeter Gas Plant
- Phillips Exeter Academy
- Farmington Waste Water Plant
- St. Anslem's College
- Crocked Mt. Rehabilitation Center
- St. Mary's College
- Littleton Hydro-Electric Dam Project
- Anhauser Busch Brewery
- Anheuser Busch, Inc.
- Budweiser Brewery
- Harcros Chemical Inc.
- Nashua Corporation
- Hitchiner Manufacturing Co.
- Warren Manufacturing Co.
- Newington Mall
- Newington Power Plant
- Pease Air Force Base
- Public Service Company of New Hampshire
- Schiller Station Powerhouse
- Simplex Wire & Cable
- Brezner Canning Corp.
- Peterborough Hospital
- Plainfield Grammar School
- Rochester Shoe Tree Company
- Brown & Horsch
- Rochester High School
- Sanders Associates
- Seabrook Nuclear Power Station
- Byrne & West
- Davis Boxboard Div
- Davis Paper Company
- Hoague Sprague Corp
- West Hopkinton Plant
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