According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at least 180 deaths occurred in Utah between 1999-2008 from malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Although Utah is home to a several naturally-occurring asbestos deposits, the majority of these deaths stem directly from prolonged exposure to asbestos in the workplace. Utah had several manufacturing plants, power plants, refineries, and factories that used to use asbestos in machinery, equipment, products, parts, and more. Prior to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ban on asbestos production and shipments, many companies used it for its insulation properties and resistance to fire and heat.
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to considerable compensation. We invite you to fill out our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in Utah, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more.
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Job Sites Associated with Asbestos in Utah
Miners had the greatest risks of illnesses and deaths in Utah. Miners worked in asbestos mines scattered throughout the entire state, and on a daily basis they would mine the harmful minerals, allowing airborne asbestos fibers to permeate throughout their surroundings. The most common forms of asbestos in these mined are actinolite and tremolite. In the Tremolite # 1 Mine in Millard County, workers were exposed to the thin tremolite fibers while mining.
Several government are also associated with asbestos, including the Salt Lake Jail, the Salt Lake City District Court, and the Salt Lake City Circuit Court. Additionally, several Utah schools built prior to the 1980s’ still have asbestos within its walls. Many of these schools are still in use today and must undergo regular inspections for asbestos to ensure the fibers haven’t been disturbed.
Other Job Sites Associated with Asbestos in Utah
- Columbia Geneva Steel
- Columbia Steel Company
- Geneva Steel Company
- Geneva Works
- U. S. Steel Corporation
- United States Steel Corporation
- Bingham Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company
- Bingham Copper and Gold Mining Company
- Bingham Junction
- Northgate Business Center
- Steiner Corporation
- Tesoro Refining Marketing
- West One Bank
- Whittier Elementary
- Bloomington Power Plant
- Lakeside Power Plant
- Millcreek Power Generation
- Gadsby Power Plant
- Geneva Steel Mine
Utah Air Quality Board Lawsuit
In 2000, the State of Utah via the Utah Quality Air Board was involved in a lawsuit after the state’s Environmental Health Division performed an analysis on the ceiling tiles in the Truman Mortenson Family Trust building. Asbestos was found throughout the ceiling tiles, yet several Utah workers had been working in the building.
When an inspector with the Utah State Division of Air Quality arrive to inspect the building, he determined that almost all of the workers in the building were not wearing the proper protective gear. Under Utah State law, anyone working around asbestos must always have access to hygiene products and must always wear protective clothing and gear, which must be provided by the employer.
The workers were also using improper techniques while working, which in turn stirred up asbestos fibers. Several days later, the inspector returned and learned that the improper techniques were still being used. Not only were the workers being exposed to asbestos, but citizens in the surrounding areas were running the risk of exposure as well.
Utah Asbestos and Mesothelioma Statistics and Facts
- According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Utah ranks 25th in the United States for mesothelioma deaths.
- Tooele County ranks #14 for the most mesothelioma deaths in Utah with an adjusted fatality rate of 46.9 per million population.
- The majority of asbestos-related deaths in Utah occurred in the Ogden-Provo metropolitan area.
- Out of the 180 asbestos-related deaths in Utah between 199-2008, 154 of these deaths resulting from mesothelioma. The remaining 26 deaths resulted from asbestosis.
- In 2007, a Neighborhood Health Alert was issued by the Utah Department of Health to Salt Lake City residents after two processing plants were found to still contain asbestos. The alert was for all nearby residents as well as former workers of the Vermiculite Intermountain and Intermountain Products facilities.
- The Utah Department of Health study on the Vermiculite Intermountain and Intermountain Products facilities determined that the rate of asbestos-related cancers of victims around the areas of the facilities were extremely elevated when compared with the rest of the state.
Utah Asbestos Laws
The state of Utah follows NEPSHA federal regulations regarding the removal process of asbestos material. State laws are governed by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. In order to promote safety and protect the public, Utah passed a stringent state law recently referred to as UT admin code R-307-801, commonly known as the “Utah asbestos rule,” which governs the removal process for asbestos material as well as sets standards for certification for people involved in asbestos removal.
- The state requires contractors to be certified in the asbestos removal process, as well as inspectors specifically used to identify potential areas where asbestos may be located.
- The state does allow exemptions in the case of homeowners as well as condominium operators with less than four units.
- The state requires a “wetting” process for the removal of asbestos removal, meaning the material must be dampened prior to being secured in containers for safe removal. Utah also allows a sand and water mixture in a secure container for safe removal to a landfill as well.
- For companies and individual contractors specialized in the asbestos removal process, there is an annual recertification fee, as well as refresher training in order to maintain the approval of the state to continue in the removal process.
For further information, contact:
Utah Department of Environmental Quality
195 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City, UT
Getting Medical Help in Utah
Dealing with an asbestos-related disease and finding the best mesothelioma treatments can be a difficult task for victims and loved ones alike. It’s extremely imperative to find a physician that specializes in asbestos-related diseases as these types of illnesses are still considered rate in the medical world. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) helps to make this process easier by appointing worthy care centers and hospitals as NCI-designated facilities.
The Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), located at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, is a NCI-designated care center with researchers, physicians, cancer experts, and healthcare specialists that focus on mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. In addition, HCI is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). NCCN is a non-profit organization that joins the world’s top cancer centers together with the goal of providing the best treatment and care possible to cancer patients.
It’s always recommended to seek treatment from a care center that specializes specifically in the disease you’re suffering from. A typical small family clinic and/or a general practitioner usually don’t have the expertise and knowledge that a physician who specializes in asbestos cancer has.
Utah Statute of Limitations to File an Asbestos Lawsuit
Under State law, anyone wishing to file an asbestos-related lawsuit in Utah, must do so within three years of discovering their illness or within two years of when the illness, such as mesothelioma cancer, should have been discovered. This rule also applies to family members and/or loved ones seeking a wrongful death lawsuit. Typically, personal injury cases must be filed within two years of discovery, but asbestos cases, because of their complexities, are allowed three years.
Legal Assistance in Utah
You may be entitled to significant compensation if you or a loved one have been victim to mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. For additional assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540.