Asbestos Exposure at Louisiana Power Plants
Asbestos was one of the most commonly used materials, but it also had incredible heat resistant, fire resistant, and reactive chemical resistant properties necessary to keep gas-fired, nuclear, or hydroelectric power plants running safely.
Of course, we have since learned that the use of asbestos in these plants may have provided protection against fires, but was actually posing its own serious health hazards to the people working within these Louisiana power plants.
The Health Risks of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos harms individuals when its fibers are inhaled. Once these inorganic particles are in the lungs, they cannot be broken down. Instead, they stay in the lungs and cause serious damage and scarring. Asbestos even causes lung cancer to form, known as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is still diagnosed in patients today, and the cause of the cancer is often exposure to asbestos.
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How Asbestos Was Used in Power Plants
Power plants obviously create energy, contain a lot of machinery, and need to protect against potential fires or other dangerous reactions. When power plants were being constructed in Louisiana, it seemed logical to use asbestos insulation to reduce the risk of fire. The insulation was used extensively to protect equipment such as boilers and generators. It was also used to seal pumps, pipes, gaskets and valves throughout the plants.
With asbestos insulation covering operating and moving machinery, and placed around valves that need to be opened and adjusted regularly, this created many opportunities for microscopic and dangerous asbestos fibers to enter and circulate through the air, and enter the lungs of the power plant staff.
Get Help Today
Any persons who worked in a Louisiana power plant before 1980 could be suffering today from their previous asbestos exposure. If you or a loved one has worked in a power plant and has concerns about your health, contact us today and one of our experienced attorneys will help you understand your legal rights. We may even be able to help you seek compensation for injuries or illness you may have suffered as a result of asbestos exposure.