Connecticut is one of the smallest states in the nation. But with a long tradition of industrial workplaces and a connection to shipping and naval activity in the Atlantic the state has been marred by asbestos exposure. Thousands of civilian workers and military personnel have been put at risk of developing mesothelioma.
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Connecticut Asbestos Facts
- Connecticut ranks 23rd in the nation for asbestos-related deaths.
- The state had 3,049 deaths from asbestos exposure between 1999 and 2013.
- Among that total were 563 deaths from mesothelioma.
- New Haven County had the highest number of asbestos-related deaths in the state.
Where Was Asbestos Used in Connecticut?
The residents and workers of Connecticut have been put at risk of exposure to asbestos through a number of sources. Most exposure has occurred on the job, and the risk was higher in certain industries.
The Brass Industry
Waterbury, Connecticut earned the sobriquet “Brass City” for its numerous factories that manufactured brass products. For over 100 years, they produced so many brass items that by the 1920s Waterbury made one-third of the country’s total brass output.
Most of Waterbury’s industries used asbestos in great quantities, especially in the facilities where brass products were made, including:
- American Brass Company
- Mattatuck Manufacturing Company
- Chase Brass and Copper Company
- Olin Brass
- General Insulation Distributor
- Anaconda Metal Hose
Throughout the latter half of the 19th Century and for much of the 20th, almost every industry in Connecticut had a connection to asbestos. These ranged from hats made in mechanized millineries to aircraft and submarine factories. For a period of time, nearly all used asbestos either in the manufacturing facilities or in their products.
Some of the cities with the highest levels of industry and therefore asbestos exposure are Hartford, Waterbury, and Danbury, known especially for its had-making factories.
Shipping and Military Asbestos Use
Although Connecticut doesn’t have an Atlantic coastline, it does have access to the open sea by way of Long Island Sound to its south. From colonial times to the present day, the state has been involved in building civilian and military ships and submarines.
Deep sea fishing, ship repair, and other maritime enterprises form part of Connecticut’s economy. Additionally, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard have two major facilities in the state. Asbestos insulation was used on almost every steam pipe or piece of machinery aboard ships built in the first half of the 1900s.
Groton is particularly notable in the maritime industry and is known as the Submarine Capital of the World. In 1899, Isaac Rice founded the Electric Boat Company to construct John P. Holland’s first submarines for the U.S. Navy.
Electric Boat grew from a small Connecticut shipyard into General Dynamics’ Electric Boat Division. The submarines built in Groton were manned by Navy officers and sailors trained at the nearby Submarine School in New London. New London is also the home of the Navy’s main submarine base.
Thousands of shipyard workers, engineers, sailors, and naval officers were exposed to asbestos in Groton and New London. People who built or operated submarines were especially at risk for asbestos exposure because of the cramped interior space and poor ventilation.
Other military installations and maritime workplaces in Connecticut that put workers and personnel at risk of asbestos exposure include:
- U.S. Coast Guard Training Station
- U.S. Coast Guard Academy
- Groton Vocational Technical High School
- Pfizer, Inc Research Laboratories
- Ballard Oil
- Groton Shipyard
Asbestos in Buildings
Even non-industrial and civilian workers experienced asbestos exposure in Connecticut. This is because asbestos was used heavily in the construction of public and residential buildings. Some examples of buildings known to have contained asbestos include several in Waterbury:
- St. Margaret’s School
- Sacred Heart Rectory
- Waterbury Button Shop
- Waterbury Bank
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
- St. Anne’s Catholic Church and School
All homes built before 1980 are also likely to contain asbestos.
What Laws in Connecticut Protect Against Asbestos Exposure?
The Connecticut Department of Public Health set forward regulations on how asbestos is handled within the state to protect people from the hazards of dangerous asbestos fibers:
- Any schools built with asbestos-containing materials must go through routine inspections and maintenance at all times.
- Anyone handling asbestos-related materials must be trained and certified by the state of Connecticut.
- Buildings with friable asbestos can be deemed condemned and in turn must be either renovated or demolished by an asbestos professional.
- Heating, air conditioning, and ventilation must be turned off prior to any asbestos abatement project in order to stop contamination. The area must be marked off clearly, with warning signs.
- All tools used during asbestos abatement must be thoroughly cleaned, before and after, with HEPA-filtered vacuums and antibacterial cleaning wipes.
- Once an asbestos project is complete, the asbestos technician must test the air thoroughly to ensure its as clear as possible from asbestos. They then must make sure that the removed asbestos is disposed of properly.
For additional details regarding asbestos regulations in Connecticut, contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health at 860-509-8000.
Connecticut Statute of Limitations for Asbestos Lawsuits
- As with most other states, Connecticut follows a strict statute of limitations for filing an asbestos-related lawsuit. A mesothelioma or asbestos lawsuit must be filed within three years of being diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.
- For wrongful death cases, the plaintiff must file within three years of the victim’s date of death.
Getting Legal Help in Connecticut
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