Asbestos Exposure Sites in Utah
For Utah residents, several of the largest industries in the state — mining, agriculture, manufacturing, and oil production — used asbestos as part of their production processes or in their products. Any of these job sites could have exposed workers to asbestos.
Learn more about how these work sites put innocent lives at risk of asbestos exposure below.
The oil industry is a significant user of asbestos for pipes and storage tanks, as asbestos can contain very flammable liquids.
These oil companies exposed their employees to asbestos:
- American Oil Company
- Utah Oil Refining Company
Chemical plants are notorious for the use of asbestos as well, due to its resistance against many chemical reactions.
Chevron Chemical and National Lead and Chemical are examples of sites that are known to have also exposed their employees to the toxin.
Given the number of asbestos mines in Utah during the early-to-mid 20th century, miners ran the highest risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Much of this exposure took place at the Tremolite No. 1 Mine, which was Utah’s primary asbestos mine.
These miners were subjected to daily exposure, as clouds of toxic asbestos dust rose up and enveloped workers.
The poor ventilation and air quality within Utah mines did not help matters, increasing the odds that these miners would develop illnesses related to their exposure.
The following Utah mining companies exposed their workers to asbestos:
- Bingham Consolidated Mining
- Empire Mining Company
- Little Bell Consolidated Mining Company
Since Utah is home to several precious metal mines, miners and their families may have been exposed to asbestos both occurring naturally or through the machinery used to mine.
The Sharon Steel Corporation is one of the longest-operating sites of base metal production, operating from 1906 to the early 1970s.
Large quantities of asbestos-containing materials were found at the site, as well as a number of contamination and leaks in the water and grounds surrounding the site.
Due to the amount of asbestos utilized by the federal government, members of the U.S. military and government workers who lived and worked in Utah were also put at risk.
Federal buildings within Utah confirmed to contain asbestos are the Salt Lake City District Court, the Salt Lake City Circuit Court, and the Salt Lake Metro Jail, among other buildings.
Other Asbestos Exposure Sites in Utah
Given the widespread use of asbestos in dozens of industries before the early 1980s, Utah workers could have been exposed from many different sites across the state.
Other Utah job sites linked to asbestos exposure include:
- Geneva Works
- Geneva Steel Mill
- Salt Lake Metro Jail
- Steiner Corporation
- Lake Side Power Plant
- U.S. Steel Corporation
- Sharon Steel Corporation
- Bloomington Power Plant
- Columbia Steel Company
- Metropolitan Hall of Justice
- Millcreek Power Generation
- Salt Lake City Circuit Court
- Tesoro Refining Marketing
- Bingham Mining and Smelting Company
Those who worked at these or other job sites and developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease should contact a Utah mesothelioma lawyer to see if they can access compensation.