Tulsa, the second-largest city in Oklahoma, has long been an important center in the oil industry. With a booming population in the early 1900s came significant growth and construction in the city. The timing of both construction and oil in Tulsa coincided with heavy asbestos use that exposed workers in the past and still put residents at risk today.
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Tulsa Asbestos Facts
- Between 1999 and 2013 there were nearly 2,000 asbestos-related deaths in Oklahoma.
- Tulsa and Tulsa County had the second highest number of deaths in that period, with over 300.
- The long history of the energy industry in Tulsa has contributed to significant asbestos exposure in the area.
Sinclair Oil Corporation
Sinclair Oil is a petroleum corporation with fueling stations throughout the Midwest and Western parts of the U.S. Sinclair Oil also operated refineries in Tulsa.
Before the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) strict regulations on asbestos use in the 1970s, Sinclair Oil used asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in equipment, machinery, products, construction materials, and much more. Since amphibole asbestos is heat-proof, a fire retardant, and helps block reactive chemicals, it was one of the leading choices of asbestos for oil companies.
Common uses of asbestos in oil refineries, like Sinclair’s, included:
- Thermal insulation and insulation materials, such as pipes, gaskets, and conduits
- Refinery equipment, such as sealants, sheets, and metal gaskets
- Construction products, such as floor, ceiling, and roofing tiles, as well as work surfaces and walls
- Protective clothing and equipment, such as gloves, masks, work uniforms, textile cloths, and aprons
The Skelly Building, the headquarters of Skelly Oil, was a major contributor to asbestos-related diseases among the people who built it. The former 9-story building was constructed in 1921, with several renovations over subsequent decades.
Although the building was demolished in order to make room for a new parking lot, this only happened after workers had been exposed to asbestos for years.
In 1960, a Tulsa carpenter worker, whose name wasn’t made public, was assigned to re-size drywall sheets at the Skelly building. As he cut and re-sized the drywall sheets, asbestos fibers were exposed, but he had no idea he was inhaling them and that the fibers gathered on his clothing. Decades later the building worker was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He was never made aware of the risks.
Remediating Tulsa Buildings
Tulsa’s rapid growth in population and construction came at a time when the industry used asbestos in insulation and many other building materials. Now, many of those aging buildings pose exposure risks for workers and residents.
In 2019 the EPA awarded Tulsa a Brownfield grant of $500,000 to clean up asbestos and toxic sites within older buildings and industrial sites. The city plans to use the funds to remediate asbestos and other toxic substances in Air Force Plant #3 at the Tulsa International Airport and to renovate an old oil company building downtown.
Other Job Sites Associated with Asbestos in Tulsa
The case of the worker at the Skelly Building is just one of many tragic examples of Tulsa workers and residents exposed to asbestos. Many other buildings and workplaces in the city used asbestos and put workers at risk.
Schools, Churches, and Hospitals
- Mcclain High School
- University of Tulsa
- Oral Roberts University
- St. Francis Hospital
- St. John’s Hospital
- First Baptist Church
- Edison Middle School
- Hillcrest Medical Center
- First National Bank
- National Bank of Tulsa
- Bareco Oil Company
- City Services Oil Company
- Sunray Oil Refinery
- Humble Oil
- Skelly Oil
- Stanolind Oil and Gas Company
- Mid-Continent Petroleum Corporation
- Warren Petroleum Corporation
Additional Companies and Buildings
- American Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO)
- Armstrong World Industries
- Bryant Refractory Company
- Tulsa City Hall
- Douglas Aircraft Company
- Carpenter’s Union (Local 943)
- Tulsa City-County Library (downtown)
- Gulf Pipe Line Company
- Jones & Laughlin Steel Company
- Lone Star Pressure Precision Company
- Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company
- Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation
- Tulsa Assembly Center
- Thermal Systems Incorporated
- Tulsa Ice and Packing Company
- Tulsa International Airport
- Union Carbide Corporation
- Waite Phillips Building
- The Thorpe Company
- Tulsa Rig and Steel
- Trigen Oklahoma
- Wheeler Drywall
- Maloney Crawford Tank Company
Cancer Treatment in Tulsa
CTCA Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa is a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center that utilizes traditional treatments and complementary medical therapies. Treatment options include:
- Radiation Therapy
- Oncology Rehabilitation
- Naturopathic Medicine
- Mind-Body Therapy
CTCA Southwestern is also the first medical center in Oklahoma to offer hyperthermia, a treatment in which heat and radiation are applied in an effort to help those who battle recurrent cancer. In addition, Dr. Daniel Nader is affiliated with CTCA Southwestern.
Dr. Nader, known as a leader in pulmonary diseases treatment, has been helping cancer patients at CTCA Southwestern since 1992. He feels that his expertise combined with other prominent and experienced doctors at the medical center is what helps CTCA Southwestern in its success.
“At this center, all under one roof, are all the specialties that are needed to care for that particular patient. We meet on a regular basis to discuss our complex patients, discuss what additional therapies might be a benefit that maybe we haven’t thought of on our own. It allows us to come up with the most comprehensive regimen that’s going to be best for that particular patient,” Dr. Nader said.
CTCA Southwestern Regional Medical Center
10109 E. 79th Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74113
Legal Help in Tulsa
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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.