In shipyards, oil refineries, and other workplaces, Louisiana has a long history of asbestos use in many of its industries. According to the National Center on Health Statistics, Louisiana ranks 18th in the nation for the most asbestos-related deaths. It currently has 3,886 asbestos-related deaths.
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Louisiana Asbestos Statistics
- There were 3,886 deaths from asbestos exposure in Louisiana between 1999 and 2013.
- These included 701 mesothelioma deaths and 408 asbestosis deaths.
- Jefferson Parish, including New Orleans, has the highest asbestos-related death rate in the state.
- According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Louisiana ranks 16th in the nation for the highest fatality rates due to mesothelioma and 18th in the nation for other asbestos-related deaths.
Which Job Sites in Louisiana Have Been Associated with Asbestos?
There are several important industries in the state that have a history of asbestos use. They are responsible for most of the exposure that has occurred in Louisiana.
Oil refinery workers in Louisiana are at risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Since Louisiana is situated on the Gulf of Mexico, many oil refinery companies operate here. Most oil refineries in Louisiana used asbestos in pipes, tanks, machinery, and equipment.
The salt mining business was another industry known for heavy asbestos use. One company in particular, Breaux Bridge’s Cargill, used asbestos to help purify the salt. There were many workers at Cargill who were exposed to the harmful fibers for years.
Another source of asbestos use came from the W.R Grace & Company’s New Orleans facility. W.R. Grace is notorious for asbestos use as it was a major vermiculite processing business.
In New Orleans, the site processed over 140,000 tons of vermiculite. Not only were workers at risk, but local area residents may have been exposed as well.
Other Job Sites Associated with Asbestos in Louisiana
- Alexandria Street Railway Company
- Arkansas Oak Flooring Company
- Bentley Hotel, Inc.
- Central Louisiana Electric Company Inc
- City Electric Light & W.W.
- City of Alexandria Electric Light Dept.
- Dg Hunter Steam Plant
- Louisiana Pacific Corp
- Missouri Pacific R.R.
- Oil Field Scrap & Equipment Company
- Proctor and Gamble Manufacturing Company
- Red River Cotton Oil Company, Inc.
- Roberts Hardware & Supply
- Roland Construction Company
- Roy O. Martin Lumber Company
- Placid Refining
- Poplar Grove Factory and Refining Company
- Smithfield Sugar
- Westover Sugar Factory
- B & B Engineering & Supply Company
- Barnard & Burk Industrial
- Baton Rouge Charity Hospital
- Baton Rouge City Docks
- Baton Rouge Elec Company
- Best Manufacturing Company Inc
- Big Cajun Power Station
- Bolton Company
- Grace Chemical Research
- Grant Chemical Plant
- Gulf States Utilities Company
- Hbm River Plant
- Hercules Inc
- Herrin Transfer & Warehouse Company, Inc.
- Hullinghorst Industries, Inc.
- Humble Oil & Refining Company
- Insulation Engineers, Inc.
- JTT Warehouse
- Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation
- Alcorn Combustion
- BogalUSA Paper Mill
- Delta Southern
- Firestone Tire Plant (Sulphur)
- Ford Bacon & Davis Company
- Gaylord Container Corporation
- General Motors (Shreveport)
- Peoples Utility Company
Louisiana Asbestos Laws
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality enforces the state’s asbestos laws:
- Contractors must be certified and trained by an approved Louisiana training center/school before working on any asbestos abatement projects.
- Asbestos must be disposed of properly into one of Louisiana’s approved landfills. Disposal packaging must be visibly marked as dangerous and disposed of immediately upon inspection at the appropriate landfill.
- Notification must be written to the state prior to an asbestos abatement project.
- Friable asbestos is the riskiest type of asbestos and must be completely wetted before starting an asbestos abatement project in Louisiana.
- As with most states, written notification needs to be sent to the state prior to asbestos removal and disposal and during any building renovations and/or demolitions.
For more information, contact the Louisiana DEQ’s Office of Environmental Service at 225-219-0789.
Where Can I Get Treatment for Asbestos Diseases in Louisiana?
It’s important to obtain the best mesothelioma treatment, which means finding a specialist in asbestos-related diseases. An NCI (National Cancer Institute) designation for a medical facility tells you that it is known for its specialized focus, research, treatment options, and new technologies.
The Mary Bird Perkins Care Center in Baton Rouge, for instance, is an NCI-designated care center with mesothelioma other asbestos-related disease specialists on staff. It has six campuses in Oklahoma also, including the Proton Campus in Oklahoma City.
Louisiana Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits
- La. Civil Code § 3492 et seq.mandates that a one-year statute of limitations must be followed for plaintiffs who wish to file an asbestos-related lawsuit.
- The one-year limit begins from the time the illness was diagnosed.
- Wrongful death cases must be filed within a year of the victim’s actual date of death.
Although the statute is relatively short when compared to other states, Louisiana is actually a “pro-victim” state in many instances. For example, a $3 million award settlement was granted in 2013 to a former mechanic in a Louisiana mesothelioma lawsuit.
Getting Legal Help in Louisiana
Remember, if you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to significant compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of enjoyment, emotional stress, and more. Remember to fill out our form to get your free Financial Compensation Packet, with information on top asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers in your area. If you have questions or need assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540.
Page Reviewed and Edited by Louisiana Mesothelioma Lawyer Lawrence G. Gettys
Lawrence G. Gettys has over 20 years of litigation experience and focuses on cases involving asbestos exposure, such as malignant mesothelioma cases. He has been instrumental in winning major verdicts for asbestos victims as a member of the Waters, Krauss & Paul law firm. Working from the Baton Rouge, Louisiana office, Gettys is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Texas, as well as several federal courts.