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Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma in New Hampshire

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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.

Shipbuilding:

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.

Schools:

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 Plants:

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.

Manufacturing:

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.

Contact a Cancer Center in New Hampshire

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma and live in the state of New Hampshire, the following cancer centers have experts who can help with developing a mesothelioma treatment plan. Click on a specific cancer center link to obtain a more detailed description.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Barbara E. Rubin Building
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

Contact a Mesothelioma Doctor in New Hampshire

Whether you are looking for help with getting an accurate diagnosis or you are looking for help developing a treatment plan, the following mesothelioma doctors and oncologists in New Hampshire have the expertise to assist you. Please click on a doctor link to learn more about their background, professional affiliations, and contact information.

Dr. Konstantin H. Dragnev
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH 03756

Dr. Cherie P. Erkmen
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH 03756

Limited Time to File an Asbestos Claim in New Hampshire

Don’t lose your right to file a mesothelioma claim. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in New Hampshire, you may be entitled to compensation. You must file your claim within the appropriate statute of limitations for the state of New Hampshire.

Support for New Hampshire Mesothelioma Caregivers

Asbestos-Related News in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Worker Claims Asbestos Exposure

A construction worker in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, recently filed a complaint with OSHA for asbestos exposure. Read more at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.

Covered Pile Of Asbestos Remains In Town Of Barrington

A pile of debris containing asbestos and lead paint remains covered in the town of Barrington with no further plans of action in the near future.

Find Mesothelioma Doctors, Lawyers and Asbestos Exposure Sites Near You

Sources

Cabrera-Santiago, Manuel et al. "Prevalence of Asbestos-Related Disease Among Electrical Power Generation Workers in Puerto Rico." Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 2007.

Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in New Hampshire.” All About Malignant Mesothelioma (September 2005.)
http://www.allaboutmalignantmesothelioma.com/asbestos-use-locations-new-hampshire.htm (accessed 23 August 2010).

Geological Research, Analyses and Services Programs. "Naturally Occurring Asbestos Locations in the Contiguous U.S. and Alaska." Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 25 May 2007.
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/noa/usamap.pdf (accessed 23 August 2010).

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