South Dakota Asbestos Exposure
South Dakota is home to Custer State Park, where three of South Dakota's naturally-occurring asbestos deposits are found. Two of these are sources of amphiboles, which are the needle-like fibers implicated in the development of mesothelioma. A third amphibole deposit has been found near Jewell Cave National Monument. Directly north of this location are a number of serpentine deposits, which is the source of chrysotile, or “white” asbestos. About 95% of all asbestos used in the U.S. was of this type.
South Dakota Cities where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
Provided below is a list of cities in the state of South Dakota where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in South Dakota 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.
Most of South Dakota's economy is based on agriculture. Asbestos poisoning resulting in agricultural occupations is usually due to exposure in machine shops and mechanical repair facilities as well as older buildings constructed with asbestos-containing materials.
Fire is one hazard associated with the operation of internal combustion engines; thus, asbestos components are installed in many vehicles, including farm equipment. Asbestos is still used in the manufacture of commercial brake linings.
South Dakota has a number of power generation facilities, three of which are hydroelectric. Hydroelectric power stations are cleaner than those which burn fossil fuels; however, asbestos exposure can still be a hazard. Turbines and generators usually contain asbestos insulation. This is usually of the amphibole varieties (amosite and crocidolite, or “brown” and “blue” asbestos), which are highly resistant to electrical current. Maintenance workers who service these facilities run a much higher risk of developing an asbestos disease and should seek medical attention from mesothelioma clinics.
Construction and Renovation
Before 1980, asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were commonly used in a wide range of building products. One of these was a type of insulation produced and marketed by the of the W.R. Grace corporation. Known as Zonolite®, this was made from a relatively harmless form of clay called vermiculite. The problem was that the material was usually contaminated with tremolite, another form of amphibole asbestos. According to the EPA, there may be millions of homes across the nation in which Zonolite® insulation is still present. Homeowners with such insulation should consider contacting a mesothelioma lawyer.
Out of a population of around 800,000 people, there were 55 deaths recorded from mesothelioma and 7 from asbestosis. Although asbestosis is far more common, it is not always immediately fatal; with early diagnosis and proper treatment, such victims may live for many years. Mesothelioma on the other hand is quite deadly and difficult to detect; most patients die within eighteen months of diagnosis.
Other South Dakota Jobsites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
We have identified a list of additional asbestos jobsites in South Dakota where workers may have been unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Exposure to asbestos has causal links to mesothelioma for which there is currently no known cure. If you worked at one of these jobsites and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, please enter your contact information in the form on this page to request more information.
- Aberdeen Light and Power Company
- Aberdeen Mill Company
- Dakota Midland Hospital
- Lincoln Hall
- Northern Normal Industrial School
- Northwestern Public Service Company
- Risager Plumbing & Heating Company
- St. Luke Hospital Power Plt
- Brookings Municipal Light & Power
- South Dakota State College
- South Dakota State University
- City Auditorium
- Collins Hotel
- Kanal Pine
- Mount Marty Hospital Assoc
- South Dakota State Hospital
- Yankton Industrial Alcohol Corp
- Yankton State Hosp
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