During the construction of major chemical plant facilities, countless industrial contractors liberally applied asbestos-containing materials and parts needed to build the plant. They insulated building walls with loose fill and fiberglass type asbestos products. They also extensively insulated pipes with the material.
Over time, these materials could fray and expose asbestos fibers to the air. Haphazard repair and renovation practices also ejected asbestos fibers into the environment, often with little or no cleanup afterward.
Another source of asbestos exposure stemmed from asbestos materials used during welding. Fireproofing measures also frequently employed asbestos-containing spray-on materials.
Chemical companies like Dow and Union Carbide continue to use asbestos, despite unanimous scientific consent regarding the material’s health risks. The costs of removal, abatement, and replacement evidently outweigh the risk to human health and the environment.
Chemical Plant Workers and Asbestos-Related Cancer
Chemical plant workers face tremendous health risks from asbestos exposure. Poor ventilation, close working quarters and a high rate of material disturbance lead to high rates of asbestos exposure.
A 1979 study found asbestos fibers in the lungs of 24% of a sample of 185 former chemical plant workers. Pleural fibrosis (thickening of the lung walls) was also observed in 28% of sampled workers.
Conditions like these lead to major health effects. Asbestos exposure victims who contracted related illnesses have found success in getting compensation for their losses. A 2013 case against Dow chemical found the company liable. They paid nearly $6 million in damages to the worker of a Plaquemine, Louisiana, Dow chemical plant.
Another case was won against Dow Chemical subsidiary Union Carbide in 2002. A mass tort against the company alleged damages as a result of exposure to calidria asbestos. A Charleston, West Virginia jury found the company liable on multiple counts.
Chemical Companies with a History of Asbestos Use
- Dow Chemical
- Union Carbide
- Chevron Phillips
- Lyondell Basell
- Stauffer Chemical
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