Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma in New Hampshire
If you live in the state of New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire, we have provided statistics about asbestos and mesothelioma. We have also included descriptions of the industries and lists of cities, towns and specific job sites in New Hampshire where asbestos exposure is likely to have occurred. Treatment options and recent news about asbestos and mesothelioma in New Hampshire are also provided.
Asbestos and Mesothelioma Statistics in New Hampshire
From 1999-2015, 235 New Hampshire residents died from mesothelioma
- New Hampshire does have a higher-than-average mesothelioma death rate of about 11 people per million each year (Source: CDC)
- Hillsborough and Rockingham counties suffered the most losses to asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma, between 1999 and 2013 (Source: CDC)
- There are no known natural deposits of asbestos or any former mines in the state (Source: USGS)
Asbestos Exposure in New Hampshire Workplaces
Even with the lack of natural asbestos, residents are at risk of exposure because of the mineral’s heavy use in over 50 job sites within the state.
Shipyard workers are considered among the most at risk for asbestos exposure because of the extent of the mineral’s use in shipbuilding. Ships of every variety likely contained asbestos in almost every part, from gaskets and insulation to the boiler room and living areas. Being in such close quarters with poor ventilation meant any damaged asbestos or repairs that required disturbing asbestos-containing products would likely result in more concentrated asbestos fibers in the air. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard exposed thousands of workers and veterans to asbestos throughout its long history.
Asbestos is still a problem in many schools throughout the nation, putting teachers, support staff and students in danger of exposure. While schools are required to have asbestos management plans in place to help eliminate such risks, there is always the chance that asbestos-containing materials could become unknowingly disturbed. St. Mary’s College in Greenfield, St. Paul’s School in Concord, and Plainfield Grammar School are just a few schools known to still contain asbestos.
Power plant equipment, like boilers and turbines, had been largely built with asbestos products in an effort to reduce the risk of fire or an explosion until the 1980s. Their structures also needed to be fire resistant in an attempt to protect both workers and the plant, so asbestos could be found widely throughout the facilities as well. Power plant workers face a high risk of exposure at plants like the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station.
Industrial Pipe and Equipment Corporation in Nashua and Syntextils, Inc. in Manchester are a few manufacturers known to use asbestos materials in their facilities. Because the mineral was inexpensive and used in so many construction materials, many businesses across the country still have asbestos materials in their structures today. Some manufacturers also relied on asbestos materials for their equipment because of its heat resistance and durability.
Asbestos Shipyards in New Hampshire
New Hampshire is home to one shipyard that has operated for centuries, and more recently was added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund list because of various environmental hazards, including asbestos.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is located on the southern boundary of Maine, really close to the city of Portsmouth in New Hampshire. It has been an important operation since way back in colonial times. The shipyard proved its worth throughout the many wars the nation faced, reaching its peak number of employees during World War I when workers began specializing in submarine work. After these contracts began to diminish, the shipyard shifted its attention to submarine repairs instead of building new ones. Though the employee based slowly diminished with less work, thousands of shipyard workers were exposed to asbestos. The shipyard was added to the Superfund List in 1994 after the EPA realized the extensive contamination of the Piscataqua River from various hazardous wastes like asbestos. Cleaning efforts and monitoring remain in place today.
New Hampshire Cities with Asbestos Problems
Asbestos exposure on the job is known to have occurred in the following New Hampshire cities. Prolonged asbestos exposure can cause the terminal cancer mesothelioma as well as other asbestos-related diseases. Click on any city below to view a complete list of commercial, military and residential job sites where asbestos exposure occurred in that city.
Asbestos at Other New Hampshire Job Sites
Asbestos exposure is also a problem if you look beyond the major cities and towns in New Hampshire. Select a town to see the list of its job sites where asbestos exposure occurred. Asbestos exposure at any one of the work sites revealed could put a worker at risk to develop mesothelioma cancer.
Asbestos-Related News in New Hampshire
A New Hampshire construction worker recently filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) claiming he and other workers were exposed to asbestos and mercury at Eversource’s Schiller Station.
Author: Linda Molinari
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