Many industries and workplaces in Pennsylvania used asbestos over the years, which caused workers to develop mesothelioma and other related illnesses. An experienced Pennsylvania mesothelioma lawyer can help you with legal options if you were negligently exposed to and injured by asbestos.
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Facts about Asbestos Use in Pennsylvania
- By the mid-1800s, Pennsylvania’s economy was largely industrial. Industrial workplaces have been the biggest users of asbestos.
- Factories, railroads, and textile mills contributed to the industrialization of Pennsylvania, making the state one of the biggest economic powerhouses in the pre-Civil War U.S. From 1861 until the mid-20th century.
- The industrialized economy and strong growth in Pennsylvania over the years has had a serious impact on worker exposure to asbestos, with most workplaces using it.
- In recent years, Pennsylvania has consistently ranked in the top five or ten states for deaths related to asbestos and mesothelioma.
- The exposure caused 1,675 mesothelioma-related deaths from 1999 to 2008.
- Another 322 people died from other asbestos illnesses.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Pennsylvania’s mesothelioma death rate is 20.8 per 1 million residents.
Which Industries Used the Most Asbestos in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania has been home to a number of types of workplaces that used asbestos and contributed to workers’ illnesses.
While Pennsylvania is best known for coal mining, there have been several asbestos mines in the state. No longer mined today, asbestos occurs naturally in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Workers extracted large amounts of asbestos before the industry shut down. Workers and residents in the area were put at risk of developing deadly illnesses associated with asbestos exposure.
Crocidolite is one of the most dangerous types of asbestos; it was a major product of Pennsylvania asbestos mines.
Shipbuilding and shipping have long been important industries in Pennsylvania.
Several major shipyards still operate in the state on the Delaware Estuary and Lake Erie:
- Penn Shipbuilding
- Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
- Key Highway Shipyard
- The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
- Sun Shipbuilding
From the 1930s through the 1970s, shipbuilders used asbestos in almost every component and material. Any ship or shipyard workers during those times, and even after, could have been exposed.
Military bases of all types also used asbestos. The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, for instance, likely caused exposure in a number of seamen and other workers because of the heavy use of asbestos on navy ships.
Three other bases may have also caused exposure:
- Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg
- Tobyhanna Army Depot
- Carlisle Barracks
- Joint Reserve Base (JRB) at Willow Grove – Now closed
All of these military facilities operated during the period of peak use of asbestos materials. Many of the men and women stationed there faced the risk of exposure to asbestos fibers.
Plants and Factories
Industrial factories like steel plants, manufacturing facilities, and power stations used asbestos materials. The mineral provided unparalleled heat and fire insulation.
Asbestos contamination has been found and documented at Alcoa Aluminum, Bethlehem Steel, Electralloy, Ling-Temco Vought (LTV), and U.S. Steel (USX).
What Are the Asbestos Laws in Pennsylvania?
The Pennsylvania state legislature responded to the dangers of asbestos and passed the Pennsylvania Asbestos Occupations Accreditation Act of 1990.
New rules gave the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) responsibility for regulating the removal, collection, and disposal of ACMs from public and commercial buildings.
- The state’s Department of Labor and Industry enforces the law.
- It says that any person planning an asbestos reduction or abatement project must notify the department at least five days before beginning.
- Pennsylvania’s asbestos abatement rules also follow the federal guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They require any person planning to remove and dispose of asbestos in a public or commercial building to notify the agency in advance.
- The EPA guidelines also require that only certified, trained asbestos workers handle asbestos materials.
- Pennsylvania bans non-certified individuals from jobs involving asbestos, including workers, supervisors, project designers, inspectors, planners, and contractors.
What is the Pennsylvania Statute of Limitations on Asbestos Lawsuits?
The 42 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 5501 et seq. is the personal injury statute of limitations for the state of Pennsylvania. It applies to mesothelioma cases.
When filing a mesothelioma or asbestos lawsuit, you must do so within two years of the discovery of the asbestos-related illness.
Asbestos-related wrongful death lawsuits follow the same statute. They must be filed within two years of the victim’s death.
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Keep in mind that if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the experienced asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. For additional assistance, contact us at 800-793-4540.
Page Reviewed and Edited by Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Lawyer David Halpern
David Halpern is an associate attorney at the Pennsylvania mesothelioma firm Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler. He earned his law degree from the Widener University School of Law in 1987 and is now licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Halpern has dedicated his career to litigating on behalf of victims of asbestos exposure and was part of a 2010 team that won an $18 million-verdict for two victims.