In the mid-19th Century, Richmond, the capital of Virginia, was the South’s most industrialized urban area. It was even home to the first factories with cigarette-rolling machines. This and other industries spurred growth in Richmond but also contributed to a serious asbestos problem.
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Richmond Asbestos Facts
- The Richmond area experienced nearly 70 deaths from asbestos-related illnesses between 1999 and 2013.
- Cigarette factories in Richmond used asbestos throughout their facilities.
- Currently, the Richmond Public Schools are struggling with asbestos in older buildings.
Tobacco and Asbestos
Philip Morris and other tobacco companies helped Richmond recover from the effects of the Great Depression with cigarette factories. After World War II, Richmond’s economy continued to expand. Cigarette production reached a local peak of 110 billion a year in 1952.
All kinds of industrial factories, including those that made cigarettes, used asbestos in many components. Machinery, equipment, protective gear, and insulation contained asbestos and put factor workers at risk.
Other Richmond Industries
Cigarette production was just one of Richmond’s important industries that used asbestos. The city was home to factories that made weapons for he war effort. Energy companies also grew as the city developed, and these also used asbestos.
As the population of Richmond expanded, construction increased. Both public and private buildings constructed post-war used asbestos in insulation, tiles, siding, roofing materials, wallboard, and much more.
Workers in these industries were put at risk of asbestos exposure, as were residents. Many of the older buildings in Richmond still contain asbestos and pose risks to many.
Richmond Public Schools
Some of those older buildings with asbestos are Richmond Public Schools. The district is struggling to keep up with deteriorating older buildings, and it’s putting staff and students at risk of asbestos exposure.
Most recently the district began construction on a new George Mason Elementary School on the site of the original school. The plans came to a halt, though, as the city realized that demolishing the old building posed a lot of risks due to asbestos.
Richmond Job with Known Asbestos
Because asbestos materials were used in Richmond for so many years, there are many job sites in the area where workers were exposed. Some of these job sites include:
- Albemarle Paper Company
- American Cigar Company
- British American Tobacco
- Federal Reserve Bank
- Tredegar Iron Works
- Caraustar-Richmond Paperboard Corporation
- Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company
- Harris Electric Company
- Richmond Greyhound Bus Terminal
- Richmond International Airport
- Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad
- U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (formerly U.S. Tobacco Company)
National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Centers in Virginia
- Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, 401 College Street, Richmond, VA 23298, (804) 828-0450
- UVA Cancer Center, University of Virginia, 6171 West Complex, Charlottesville, VA 22908, (434) 924-5022
Getting Legal Help
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Page Reviewed and Edited by Mesothelioma Attorney Paul Danziger
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.