Pensacola, Florida largely depends on tourism and the nearby Pensacola Naval Air Station to drive the economy. The military installation, public and residential construction, and certain job sites in the area of contributed to harmful asbestos exposure in workers and residents. Many vhave been diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses, including malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis.
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Pensacola Asbestos Facts
- Pensacola and Escambia County had 284 deaths related to asbestos exposure in the years between 1999 and 2013.
- While there are not a lot of industries in Pensacola, the Naval Air Station has been a big contributor to asbestos exposure.
- The recent demolition of the historic John Sunday house in the city, and resulting lawsuit over asbestos, highlights the lingering dangers and risk of exposure.
Naval Air Station Pensacola
The Pensacola area is nicknamed “The Cradle of Naval Aviation” after the U.S. Navy established its flight school in 1913. The air station continues to provide initial primary instruction for every Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard pilot and Naval Flight Officer.
The present air station and other facilities are located on the site of the old Pensacola Naval Base, which was established in 1825. Many of the Navy’s early steam-powered vessels were among the first American military ships to use heat- and fire-resistant parts made from asbestos in engines, fittings, and insulation.
Large-scale use of asbestos in naval construction was intended to make Navy warships and other vessels safer for their crews. Asbestos was also used in the construction industry to make military building materials fireproof or more resilient.
Construction materials with asbestos included roofing tiles, vinyl flooring, insulation, steam pipes, water heater valves, and other components which need to be resistant to fire, heat, or electrical currents. These asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used extensively when NAS Pensacola was established in 1913.
All of the original structures built for the flight school contained some form of asbestos. Although many of these facilities have been torn down or have been part of the Navy’s asbestos abatement program during periodic renovation projects, thousands of military personnel and civilian employees were already exposed to asbestos.
With a gulf-side location, Pensacola has been an important spot for shipping, an industry that long used asbestos. The Pensacola Shipyard originated in 1917 as the Pensacola Shipbuilding Company. Like any shipbuilding operation during that period, asbestos was a big component of materials used. Shipbuilders, repair workers, and crew members all risked being exposed.
James F. Crist Generating Plant
The James F. Crist Generating Plant, presently owned and operated by Gulf Power, is a coal-powered power plant with a generating capacity of 970,000 kilowatts. It began operations in early 1945 to provide more electricity to NAS Pensacola during the last months of World War II.
Like all electricity-producing facilities built before 1980, the James F. Crist plant contained asbestos in many of its components and in work benches, fire doors, and protective clothing made from asbestos cloth.
In 2009, four years after former Crist employee Woodrow McBride died of lung cancer after working in various asbestos-containing electrical plants, a jury awarded his widow Betsy $1 million in damages.
Mrs. McBride sued the James F. Crist Generating Plant and the Smith Power Plant in Southport. In her complaint, she stated that her late husband’s illness was caused by exposure to asbestos when he was an employee there between 1968 and 1996.
Other Areas of Asbestos Exposure in Pensacola
In addition to these main sources of asbestos in the area, several other workplaces and buildings are known to have contained or still have the material:
- Beulah Elementary
- Pleasant Grove Elementary
- Booker T. Washington High School
- Escambia High School
- J.M. Tate High School
- Pensacola Catholic High School
- Pensacola Christian Academy
- Pine Forest High School
Colleges and Universities
- Pensacola Christian College
- Pensacola State College
- University of West Florida
- Baptist Hospital
- Naval Hospital Pensacola
- Sacred Heart Health System
- West Florida Hospital
- Escambia Chemical Company
- Gulf Power Company
- International Paper – Pensacola Mill
- Southern Utilities Company
Asbestos-Related Cancer Treatment Centers
In Pensacola, patients with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related cancers can seek treatment at Sacred Heart Cancer Center, a certified member of the MD Anderson Cancer Network. Sacred Heart Cancer Center provides a wide variety of cancer treatment options, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Sacred Heart Cancer Center
1545 Airport Blvd, Suite 3000
Pensacola, FL 32504
Legal Assistance in Pensacola
If you or a loved one have mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, keep in mind that you may qualify for significant compensation. Remember to fill out our from to get your free Financial Compensation Packet, with information on top asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers in your area. For questions and assistance, feel free to contact us at 800-793-4540.
Page Reviewed and Edited by Florida Mesothelioma Lawyer Rebecca S. Vinocur, P.A.
Rebecca S. Vinocur heads up her own mesothelioma law firm based in Coral Gables, Florida. A graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, Rebecca has over twenty years of mesothelioma law practice in the state of Florida. She uses her experience and knowledge of asbestos litigation to fight on behalf of asbestos victims who are battling mesothelioma and other related illnesses.