New Orleans has an economy that has long relied on asbestos-heavy industries, including shipping and oil refining. Many New Orleans workers and residents developed illnesses like mesothelioma and lung cancer after because of job sites that used asbestos materials.
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New Orleans Asbestos Facts
- Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, home to New Orleans, has had the largest number of asbestos-related deaths in Louisiana.
- Between 1999 and 2013 this area accounted for nearly one-third of deaths from asbestos exposure in the state.
- The shipping industry, oil refineries, construction, and vermiculite plants all contributed to New Orleans-area asbestos exposure incidents.
Avondale Shipyards was once the largest employer in Louisiana, with over 20,000 workers. The company, along the Mississippi River, constructed, designed, and repaired commercial and military vessels.
As with most other shipyards prior to the regulations of asbestos use by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Avondale Shipyards relied on asbestos for its parts, equipment, and machinery for decades.
In 2011, Leopold Granier Jr. won his lawsuit against Avondale Shipyards, Union Carbide Corporation, and Cajun Insulation. According to court documents, Granier developed malignant mesothelioma after suffering from prolonged exposure to asbestos while working at the shipyard.
The jury awarded Granier $1.5 million in damages. The jury stated that Cajun Insulation and Union Carbide were as culpable as the Shipyard because they provided asbestos materials. Granier was also awarded $104,160.77 in special damages.
The Plaza Tower
The Plaza Tower, a 45-story historical site located in downtown New Orleans, was vacant for several years until 2010. Plans were announced that year to restore the site. This came after residents left the tower, alleging health issues.
Workers sifted through tons of asbestos and mold in an attempt to remove all traces of hazardous materials before reopening it. As of 2013, the tower still remains empty, but it is on the market for sale after the former owners filed bankruptcy.
In 2001, several employees who worked for Plaza Tower filed lawsuits against the state for asbestos exposure. They claimed they were exposed to dangerous materials while working and that the dangers were well-known and they were not protected.
In March 2008, after a seven-day bench trial, most of the plaintiffs were awarded a $25,000 in general damages and $10,000 for mental and emotional anguish.
Zonolite Vermiculite Plant
A former Zonolite vermiculite processing plant in New Orleans is now known to have used asbestos-contaminated minerals. The site processed vermiculite, a harmful mineral, but contaminants caused serious exposure risks.
Between 1966 and 1988 the plant received nearly 150,000 tons of asbestos-contaminated vermiculite from the W.R. Grace mine in Libby, Montana. That mine shipped out minerals contaminated with asbestos. Workers and residents living near the New Orleans plant were put at risk of exposure.
Additional Job Sites Associated with Asbestos in New Orleans
Many other work sites and buildings in the city have used asbestos and even still contain the material.
- Louisiana State University (LSU) Library Building
- Tulane University
- Brothers of The Sacred Heart High School (Brother Martin High School)
- McDonogh #32 Elementary School
- Pinecrest State School
- Alcoa Steamship Company
- Delta Queen Steamboat Company
- Industrial Canal Steam Electric Station
- Waterman Steamship Corporation
- Hunt Wesson Oil
- Lone Star and Crescent Oil Company
- Maginnis Oil Works
- Shell Oil
- Standard Cotton Seed Oil Company
- Tenneco Oil Company
- Wesson Oil and Snowdrift Company
- Branton Insulations, Inc.
- Gabler Insulation Company
- Marquette Insulation Inc.
- A. Baldwin and Company Limited
- A.M. Lockett and Company Ltd.
- Lane Cotton Mills Company
- Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
- Boland Marine
- Lockheed Martin Marietta Michoud
- Maginnis Cotton Mills
- Merchants Ice Company Ltd
- Caffrey Central Sugar Refining and Railroad Company
- Wesson Oil and Snowdrift Company Inc
- Tenneco Oil Company
- L & N Crossing and Industrial Canal
- J.S. Otis Mahogany Company
- American Sugar Refinery
- American Brewing Co.
- Buck Kreihs Shipbuilding
- Celotex Corporation
- Cape Flattery
- Castle Industries
- Charity Hospital of Louisiana
- Redstone Seam
- Port of New Orleans
- Reef Industries Inc.
Cancer Treatment in New Orleans
The Ochsner Cancer Institute, located off of Jefferson Highway in New Orleans, is a multidisciplinary cancer center. Its Community Clinical Oncology Program is designated by the National Cancer Institute. For more information, contact the center directly at 866-624-7637.
Getting Legal Help in New Orleans
Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, there is a good chance that you may qualify for significant compensation. Remember to fill out our form to get your free Financial Compensation Packet, with information on the leading 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.