Tulsa, the second largest city in Oklahoma, is known for its expansive arts center and art deco masterpieces. As beautiful as the city may be, however, its long history of asbestos use in the oil, construction, manufacturing, and industrial industries has left a negative impact on the health of a multitude of people.
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Sinclair Oil Corporation
Founded by Harry Sinclair in 1916, Sinclair Oil is a petroleum corporation that owns a myriad of fueling stations throughout the Midwest and Western parts of the United States. Sinclair Oil also has two refineries, one of which operated in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2009, Sinclair Oil sold the Tulsa refinery to the Holly Corporation.
Before the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) strict regulations on asbestos use in the 1970s, Sinclair Oil used asbestos and 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 leading choices of asbestos for oil companies. Asbestos was also used when creating safety garments for the workers, as well as on counter tops, flooring, and benches.
Some of the most common uses of asbestos in oil refineries include:
- 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 constructed the structure. The former 9-story building was constructed in 1921, with several renovations that followed throughout many decades. Although the building was demolished in order to make room for a new parking lot, it came after numerous workers had been exposed to asbestos throughout many years.
In 1960, a Tulsa carpenter worker, whose name wasn’t made public, was assigned to re-size drywall sheets at the Skelly building after another worker failed to cut the correct sheet size. As he cut and re-sized the drywall sheets, asbestos fibers flew all around him, yet since the fibers are small, odorless, and undetectable, he had no idea he was inhaling them and that they gathering on his clothing. Close to 50 years later, as the carpenter worker plans for retirement, he started to experience symptoms such as coughing, hacking, lung fluid build-up, extreme fatigue, and weight loss. Within a month, he was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, and given an estimated eight months to live.
Other Job Sites, Companies, and Buildings Associated with Asbestos
Unfortunately, the aforementioned story is only one of the myriad of cases of asbestos exposure that happened to workers at the Skelly Building, as well as other structures that were built with ACMs. The following are job sites, structures, and companies that have, at some point, been associated with asbestos use.
Schools, Churches, and Hospitals
- Mcclain High School
- University of Tulsa
- Oral Roberts University
- St. Francis Hospital
- St. Johns 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
- Standolind 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
Medical Help in Tulsa
Tulsa’s CTCA Southwestern Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center that utilizes traditional treatments, along with complementary medical therapies so that patients have the best treatment options for malignant mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, and any other illness caused by asbestos exposure. 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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