Jackson, Mississippi, has a variety of industries, including universities, cultural attractions, financial institutions, automobile companies, petroleum, and automotive component businesses. Both manufacturing and the construction of many workplaces in the 20th century often involved asbestos. This use of asbestos has caused exposure and illness in many residents.
If you or a loved one have been affected by mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Fill out our form to get a free Financial Compensation Packet. You’ll learn about the top mesothelioma lawyers in Jackson, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file a claim for the asbestos trust funds, and more.
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Jackson Asbestos Facts
- Between 1999 and 2013, nearly 2,000 people in Mississippi died from asbestos-related diseases.
- Older buildings in Jackson were often constructed with asbestos and still pose risks to workers and residents today.
- A major refining company in Jackson has also contributed to asbestos exposure in the city.
A major employer in Jackson, Ergon Refining, also known as Ergon Inc., refines, processes, transports, and markets oil and gas. The business started in 1954 as a small propane distributing company. It quickly expanded into a booming business with over 2,000 employees.
As with many other companies during the 1900s and up until the late 1970s, Ergon Refining relied heavily on asbestos for its fire and heat-resistant properties. Unfortunately, asbestos at Ergon put workers at risk of exposure and illness. In addition to being used in plants and buildings, asbestos was used in clothing, hard hats, safety gear, benchtops, and more.
Workers in Jackson Still at Risk of Exposure
Asbestos affects workers in a multitude of occupations:
- Construction workers
- Power plant workers
- Mill workers
- Railroad workers
In many cases, workers today are still at risk not because asbestos is still in use but because it lingers in older buildings. This was illustrated in the last couple of years with the demolition of old structures in nearby Fondren.
The buildings were being cleared for new construction. The project hit a snag when it was determined that the buildings may have come down without proper asbestos abatement. This activity put workers at risk as well as nearby residents.
Job Sites in Jackson Associated with Asbestos Use
The following buildings and job sites were once associated with asbestos use. These job sites were either constructed using asbestos-containing materials or asbestos was used in products and machinery:
- Blackburn Middle School
- Brinkley Middle School
- Callaway High School
- Green Elementary School
- Alexander Hall (Jackson State University)
Power and Light Companies
- Rex Brown Power Plant
- Jackson Electric Railway Light and Power Company
- Mississippi Power Company
- Jefferson County Hospital
- G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center
- Mississippi Baptist Medical Center
Additional Job Sites
- Armstrong Cork Company
- Buckeye Cellulose Corporation
- Century Manufacturing Company
- Enoch Lumber and Manufacturing Company
- Entergy Mississippi Inc.
- Filtrol Corporation
- Harper and Company Inc.
- Homer C. Porter & Sons, Inc.
- Jackson Steam Laundry
- Jackson County Water & Sewage Authority
- Mid South Insulation
- Mississippi Products and Supply Company
- R. Hood and Co.
- Jitney-Jungle Incorporated
- Filtrol Corporation
- Carroll Gartin Justice Building
Cancer Treatment in Jackson
Medical treatment for malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases requires specialists with experience in these rare diseases. There is one comprehensive care center in Jackson. For additional healthcare options contact the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-Cancer.
- University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Registry: 2500 North State Street, Jackson, Mississippi, 39216, 601-815-5482.
Getting Legal Help in Jackson
Remember, if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify for significant 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.
Page Reviewed and Edited by Mesothelioma Attorney Paul Danziger
Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.