Although Kansas is mostly known as a farming and wheat production state, the aviation industry which became prevalent in Kansas in the early 1900s’ is what led to the majority of asbestos-related diseases. Later, chemical and power plants led to more malignant mesothelioma and deaths in Kansas.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Kansas ranks 29th in the nation for asbestos-related deaths. A total of 1,654 deaths have occurred in the state due to mesothelioma, asbestosis, and asbestos-related lung cancer.
If you or someone you love suffers from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify for substantial compensation. Fill out our form to get a free Financial Compensation Packet. You’ll learn about the top mesothelioma lawyers in your area, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file a claim for the asbestos trust funds, and more.
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Job Sites and Occupations Associated with Asbestos in Kansas
Kansas became home to the aviation industry in the early 1900s’, and job sites were responsible for making airplane parts, including high friction brakes for airplanes. People who worked in the aircraft industry and helped produce these parts run the risk of developing mesothelioma cancer. Most of the parts used at aviation job sites were riddled with asbestos.
Boeing, one of the world’s largest aerospace companies, has a facility in Kansas where many residents were employed while asbestos was still being used. A lot of workers are now suffering from a debilitating asbestos-related disease. Others have already died from asbestos exposure. Other aviation job sites in Kansas include Cessna Aircraft Company and Trans World Airlines, Inc.
Another company associated with asbestos use is Chanute’s Mid-America Refining Company (MARCO). From 1940 until 1981, MARCO used asbestos throughout the entire job site because of its resistance to heat and fire.
Eventually, the site became hazardous and was closed down. The leftover materials started to leak into the soil and water surrounding the job site, contaminating the area. In 1994, the EPA found asbestos littered all over the area during an inspection. The site was eventually cleaned yet, several thousand workers had already been exposed daily to asbestos.
Other Job Sites in Kansas Associated with Asbestos
In addition to aviation and refining companies, other Kansas businesses have been associated with asbestos, including:
- Kansas Power and Light
- Larned Electrical Light
- Mobil Oil Refinery
- Municipal Light Plant
- Trend Construction Corporation
- Kansas State Agricultural College
- Eagle Refrigeration Company
- Kansas State University
- Socony-Vacuum Oil Company
- Manhattan Country Club
- Bushton Hydrocarbon Plant
- Globe Oil Refining Company
- Chloride Ceramics Company
- Archer Daniels Midland
- Prairie Pipe Line Company
- Trudeau Port Cement Company
- Sunflower Ammunitions Plant
- Hercules Powder Company, Inc.
- Emporia State Teachers College
- Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
- Kansas Electric Utilities Company
- Kansas Army Ammunition Plant
- Kansas Gas & Electric
- Kansas Ordnance Plant
- Huxtable-Hammond Company, Inc.
- Wheatland Electric Cooperative
- Kansas City Southern Railroad
Natural Asbestos Sources in Kansas
Most asbestos-related diseases in Kansas were from prolonged daily exposure to asbestos at job sites. Yet, Kansas is home to a few naturally-occurring asbestos sites, which have led to asbestos exposure via airborne particles.
A total of three naturally-occurring asbestos sites are located in Kansas, two of which are in close proximity of each other in the Eastern portion of the state, close to U.S. Highways 75 and 77. The last site is located in the Southeastern area of Kansas, in Parsons.
Laws on Asbestos in Kansas
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is responsible for the implementation of asbestos regulations and statutes in Kansas. These laws are set into place to promote public safety and to ensure that those who work around asbestos are protected.
- Under 65-5302 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated Asbestos Control, all individuals working on an asbestos project in the state of Kansas must first be licensed and certified to work around asbestos. Certification must be granted by the state.
- Kansas follows both OSHA and NESHAP regulations in regards to the disposal of asbestos. Asbestos must be encapsulated in an airtight container and labeled appropriately. The sealed container must be transported to a state-approved landfill for disposal.
- Anyone working on an asbestos abatement project must notify the state, in writing, within 10 days prior to the start of the project. All applicable fees must also be paid before beginning the project.
- The 10-day notification requirement may be waived in the event of an emergency. In the case of an emergency, verbal notification is still required, and written notification must still be sent within one business of starting the project.
For more detailed information and additional rules and regulation in Kansas, contact the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 785-296-6024.
Getting Medical Help in Kansas
Seek treatment from physicians who have experience, training, and knowledge in mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) helps cancer patients find the best treatments available by designating worthy treatments centers. NCI-designated care centers are always recommended for those suffering from asbestos-related diseases.
The University of Kansas Cancer Center (KUCC) is an NCI-designated center. 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 an NCI-designated center can.
At KUCC, mesothelioma treatments consist of chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and more, and is comprised of a team of physicians and healthcare professionals who specialize in asbestos-related diseases.
Symptoms to Watch For
Malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are difficult to diagnose during its early stages. It usually takes decades for even the first symptoms to surface. Once the mesothelioma tumors start to develop, however, patients may experience symptoms such as weight loss, consistent coughing, stomach pain and swelling, breath shortness, hoarse voice, and pneumonia.
Get frequent medical checkups if you’ve ever worked around asbestos, even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms. The sooner you can receive mesothelioma treatments the easier it will be to manage the disease.
Rules on Asbestos Lawsuits in Kansas
In recent years, victims have filed lawsuits against the companies they worked for, that exposed them to asbestos. Some victims were clearly showing the symptoms of mesothelioma while others were filing a claim before being diagnosed.
Kansas has experienced an influx of lawsuits that held up the courts. Therefore, the state of Kansas mandated a law known as “ tort reform,” meaning that statutes will limit the timeframe in which victims and/or their loved ones can file a lawsuit.
Kansas Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits
Kan. Stat. Ann. § 60-501 et seq. requires the plaintiffs to follow the two-year discovery rule when filing an asbestos lawsuit in Kansas. For example, if you plan to file a lawsuit, you must do so within two years of the time that the asbestos-related was discovered or should have been discovered. Wrongful death lawsuits are to be filed within two years of the date of the victim’s death. These laws fall under personal injury laws in Kansas as there are no specific laws pertaining exclusively to asbestos.
Getting Legal Help in Kansas
If you’ve been injured by asbestos, there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for considerable compensation. Get our free Financial Compensation Packet for information on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers in your area. For questions and assistance, feel free to contact us at 800-793-4540.