Although Iowa ranks 33rd in the nation for malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related deaths, there was a large presence of the dangerous mineral in several industries prior to its ban in the late 70s. Iowa has always had a large manufacturing presence and a multitude of residents made a living working in these plants. Asbestos was also used on job sites for its fire and heat-resistance before it was known how dangerous its fibers are.
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Asbestos and Job Risks in Iowa
Although there have been an array of natural disasters in Iowa that has led to naturally-occurring asbestos fibers flying airborne, the majority of asbestos exposure came from some of Ohio’s largest businesses. Power plants in particular are known to have asbestos throughout jobsites, machinery, and other materials. Ohios is home to many major power plants that used asbestos, such as Storm Lake Power Plant, Tipton Power Plant, and more.
Additionally, people who worked in the construction, metal, and industrial industry prior to EPA’s ban on asbestos are also at risk for developing mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. Large companies such as Celotex Corporation and Georgia-Pacific Corporation have large job sites in Iowa; both of which have been associated with asbestos.
Iowa Facts on Asbestos-Related Diseases and Laws
- The most asbestos-related deaths in Iowa have occurred in Des Moines and its outlying areas.
- Since 1979, over 700 asbestos-related deaths have occurred in Iowa, with 22 of those deaths in 2005 alone. Physicians predict that this number will increase as more people begin to experience the symptoms of mesothelioma which usually lie dormant for up to 50 years.
- The most common asbestos-related disease in Iowa is pleural mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma mortality rates in Iowa are 9.2 per million population.
Laws on Asbestos Cases in Iowa
Because of the array of asbestos cancer deaths not only in Iowa, but nationwide, almost all states now have Federal and State laws in place regarding how asbestos is handled today. Like most other states, Iowa has State laws that help the spread of asbestos and help prevent health risks for those who currently work around asbestos:
Demolition and Renovation: Iowa government permits the demolition and renovations of buildings, homes, and job sites containing asbestos as long as the mandated safety guidelines are followed. First, an asbestos survey is required in which a State of Iowa licensed surveyor must conduct a safety survey to ensure the renovation and/or demolition is in compliance with Subpart M of the, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). Per NESHAP, asbestos cannot be released into the environment during the demolition and/or renovation.
After a survey is completed, demolition notification form must be filled out and sent in to Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Air Quality Bureau (IDNR). Even if asbestos was not found during the survey, this form must be sent in for all demolitions.
Asbestos Licensing: Although the Employment and Safety Commission created rules in the early 80s regarding asbestos,health and safety inspectors felt that there wasn’t enough being done to protect those that still work on sites and buildings that used asbestos. Therefore, in 1984, the Asbestos Removal and Encapsulation Act was passed, mandating all workers must be trained to work around asbestos by the Bureau of Labor. Anyone working around asbestos in the state of Iowa must be licensed by the state as a qualified asbestos abatement professional. Anyone caught working renovating, demolishing, or removing asbestos-containing materials without the proper licensing will face strict fines and penalties.
Working with Asbestos on Job Sites: Per the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration, several precautions must always be taken when working around asbestos, including the proper disposal, cleanup, and handling of any asbestos-related materials. Friable asbestos must typically be sealed and wetted upon disposal.
For more information and complete details on Iowa asbestos laws, visit the official Iowa Department of Natural Resources webpage or call 515-281-5918.
Getting Medical Help in Iowa
Since the symptoms of mesothelioma lie dormant for decades and asbestos-related diseases are still considered rare, it’s extremely important to seek treatment from physicians who have specialized knowledge in these types of diseases. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) focuses on helping cancer patients find the best treatments available. It also conducts in-depth mesothelioma research.
Iowa’s Holden Comprehensive Care Center is a NIH- designated care center. Located in Iowa City at the University of Iowa’s Hospitals and Clinics center, Holden offers an array of mesothelioma treatments and services for patients, including chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and more.
Holden is also the only care center in Iowa designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). An NCI-designation means that the care center has been recognized for its superior physicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals who have in-depth knowledge and experience dealing with cancer. A small general health clinic and/or family doctor typically cannot provide the type of in-depth treatment that a NCI-designated center can.
Iowa Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits
Plaintiffs filing an asbestos lawsuit must follow the state’s statute of limitations set forth in Iowa Code Ann. § 614.1 et seq. which states that the case must be filed within two years under the “discovery rule.” The discovery rule means that time period for filing begins when the asbestos-related illness was discovered or should have been reasonably discovered. The same rules apply to wrongful death cases; plaintiffs needs to file within two years of the victim’s date of death.
Additionally, Iowa’s “separate injury rule” lets plaintiffs file an asbestos lawsuit within two years of discovering the disease, regardless if the disease developed several years earlier. This is a beneficial law to people suffering from asbestos-related illnesses as these diseases can take decades to surface.
Getting Legal Help in Iowa
If you’ve been affected by asbestos, you may be entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and more. Remember to fill out our from to get your free Financial Compensation Packet, with information on asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers in your area. For questions and assistance, feel free to contact us at 800-793-4540.