There are no naturally-occurring asbestos in Nebraska and the state’s primary economy comes from ranching, but there was still a threat of asbestos exposure from plants and factories. Prior to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) asbestos regulations, many Nebraska businesses used the dangerous mineral. Subsequently, numerous Nebraska residents have died or fell ill to disease caused by malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), there have been 1,312 asbestos-related deaths in Nebraska. The number is expected to grow.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. We invite you to fill out our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in Nebraska, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more.
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Jobs Associated with Asbestos in Nebraska
Omaha’s Western Mineral Products, a facility owned by W.R. Grace, was one of the primary job sites that exposed Nebraska workers to asbestos. W.R. Grace and Co. is not only associated with asbestos use in its Nebraska facility but all over the world, making the company responsible for some of the largest asbestos sites in the nation.
Western Mineral Products was a vermiculite processing plant, and its workers came into contact with asbestos on a daily basis. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry (ATSDR), individuals who worked at the plant were exposed to asbestos levels so high that it exceeded the workplace health standards.
Another Nebraska job site, Sheldon Station, a coal-based power plant, was also associated with asbestos use. Per ATSDR, Sheldon Station used asbestos in pipes, machinery, and other products for insulation and fire resistance. As a result, workers at the plant prior to the early 80s were exposed to the harmful fibers.
There are several other job sites and businesses that have been linked with asbestos usage in Nebraska, including the following:
- Hallam Nuclear Power Plant
- Nebraska Public Power District
- Nebraska Water Works
- Offutt Air Force Base
- Scottsbluff Packing Company
- Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant
- Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
- Loup River Public Power District
- Union Pacific Railroad Company
- Omaha Packing Company
- Canaday Steam Plant
- Loup River Public Power District
- National Alfalfa Dehydrating & Milling Company
- The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
- Phillips Petroleum Fertilizer Plant
Nebraska Asbestos Facts and Statistics
- Although deaths related to the asbestos-related disease are lower than average when compared to other states in the nation, Nebraska had 115 mesothelioma cancer deaths from 1999 through 2005.
- Per ATSDR, Western Mineral Products processed more than 165,000 tons of vermiculite from 1967 all the way until 1991.
- More than half of the asbestos-related deaths in Nebraska were caused by mesothelioma, followed by asbestosis.
- Scientists and physicians determined that the numbers of asbestos-related deaths and illnesses will significantly increase by 2020, especially for those who worked at Western Mineral Products. Symptoms of mesothelioma can take up to 50 years to surface.
- For decades, most Nebraska power plants used asbestos in almost every product and machinery used. Therefore, plant workers run a severely high risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.
Laws on Asbestos in Nebraska
After the EPA determined that asbestos was harmful, the state of Nebraska, along with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), implemented several regulations in order to prevent further spread of asbestos and to protect the citizens of Nebraska:
- Any school that built prior to the ban that contains asbestos must undergo regular inspections and must have a management plan in place at all times. Parents and staff must be informed of the management care plan and all changes that are made. Asbestos training and awareness courses must also be provided to all custodial and maintenance workers in every school containing asbestos.
- Anyone working around asbestos must first be licensed and qualified by as a professional worker. At least 12 months of training and a physical examination must be completed before obtaining a license to work around asbestos.
- Anyone engaging in work, including the renovation or demolition of buildings containing asbestos must first inform DHHS in writing and complete an asbestos project notification form. The form must be turned in within 10 days prior to starting the work.
- A 25-foot boundary must be set around any area where asbestos work will take place, and warning signs should be placed prominently for everyone to see.
- All tools used while working around asbestos must be thoroughly cleaned and sealed before leaving the job site.
- Workers must have access to hot water, showers, safety gear, personal hygiene items, and a change of clothing.
For complete details on the current Nebraska asbestos laws, visit the official Nebraska DHHS website.
Medical Help in Nebraska
Since the symptoms of mesothelioma lie dormant for decades and asbestos-related diseases are still considered rare, you should seek treatment from doctors who have specialized knowledge in these types of diseases.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) focuses on helping cancer patients find the best treatments available. It also conducts in-depth mesothelioma research. NCI-designated care centers are recommended for those suffering from asbestos-related diseases.
The Eppley Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is an NCI-designated care center. An NCI-designation means that the care center has been recognized for its superior doctors, 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 Eppley, mesothelioma treatments consist of chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and more. The medical center is comprised of a team of physicians and healthcare professionals who specialize in asbestos-related diseases.
Nebraska Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:1 et seq. mandates the personal injury statute of limitations in the state of Nebraska. Asbestos-related lawsuits must follow the statute of personal injury cases in Nebraska as there are no specific asbestos statutes. Plaintiffs filing an asbestos lawsuit must do so within two years of the diagnosis of the asbestos-related illness.
If you plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit regarding an asbestos-related disease, you must also do so within three years of the victim’s death date.
Getting Legal Assistance in Nebraska
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