Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma in Georgia
If you live in the state of Georgia and have worked there for significant amount of time, there is a chance that you were exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health problems including mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer and other non-malignant lung impairments.
To assist people who live in Georgia, we have provided statistics about asbestos and mesothelioma in Georgia. We have also included descriptions of the industries and lists of cities, towns and specific job sites in Georgia where asbestos exposure is likely to have occurred. Treatment options and recent news about asbestos and mesothelioma in Georgia are also provided.
Georgia Mesothelioma and Asbestos Statistics
With a high number of naturally occurring asbestos deposits, and the use of asbestos in many industrial and commercial applications, Georgia residents and visitors are at a significant risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
From 1999-2015, 651 Georgia residents died from mesothelioma
- Georgia has the third highest number of natural asbestos deposits of any state in the U.S. with 52 known locations (Source: USGS)
- Several counties in the southwestern part of Georgia along the Florida and Alabama borders have the highest mesothelioma incidence in the state (Source: Journal of the American Medical Association)
Asbestos Use Across Georgia Industries
In addition to the large numbers of naturally occurring asbestos deposits, workers, families and visitors to the State of Georgia have been put at risk through use of the material over the years.
One of the major paper manufacturing companies was Georgia-Pacific, which used asbestos products (such as “drying felts”) in its paper and pulp mills throughout the Georgia and around the country. Other paper mills in the state include Cedar Springs Paper Mill, Great Northern Paper Company, and Interstate Paper Corporation.
As in other states, power generating facilities in Georgia are a major source of asbestos exposure. Workers with job histories at corporations such as the Georgia Power Company, Hatch Power Plant, and Western Electric are all at risk of developing mesothelioma.
Various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces have maintained bases in Georgia throughout the state’s history, and many of these have exposed soldiers, their families, and civilian workers to the dangers of asbestos. Some of these military locations in Georgia include United States Naval Reserve Aviation Base in Chamblee (near Atlanta), Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, the U.S. Naval Hospital in Dublin, and the Atlanta Army Depot in Forest Park, among others.
Georgia does not have a lot of shoreline compared to other states its size, but it nonetheless has a few locations where shipbuilders, sailors, and others have been exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos Shipyards in Georgia
Although it does not have much of a coastline, Georgia does have some shipyards where asbestos exposure was a concern for those who built and renovated ships.
Savannah Shipyard developed a new shipyard on the city’s eastern region. However, it was taken over in 1942 by the United States Maritime Commission and assigned to Southeastern Shipbuilding Corporation. Eighty-eight Liberty ships were built out of this shipyard at an average cost of just over $2 million each.
Port Brunswick (Brunswick Shipyard)
Brunswick was the site of major shipbuilding efforts during both World Wars. During World War II, the U.S. Maritime Commission designated Port Brunswick as one of sixteen sites for building cargo ships. Brunswick Marine Construction Corporation initially operated the shipyard as Brunswick Shipyard before becoming J.A. Jones Shipyard. Through each phase of its existence, the shipyard has exposed workers to asbestos as part of the construction, repair, and retrofitting processes.
Georgia Cities with Asbestos Problems
Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Georgia where asbestos use in the workplace is known to have occurred. Click on a city below to see more detailed information about the specific job sites where asbestos exposure occurred.
Asbestos Exposure at Smaller Georgia Sites
Beyond the major cities and towns in Georgia, asbestos exposure has also occurred at a number of other job sites. Select a town to see the list of its work sites where asbestos exposure occurred. Asbestos exposure at any one of the sites revealed could put a worker at risk to develop pleural mesothelioma.
Asbestos-Related News in Georgia
In a report published earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that mesothelioma mortality rates are still rising, despite increased awareness about the dangers of asbestos and better detection and treatment methods.
Cleanup will begin at the former Barwick Mills site in North Georgia after a fire that happened last fall leaving behind exposed asbestos and rubble. The property owner, Drennon Crutchfield, settled with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month.
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