Oklahoma is primarily filled with agriculture and oil production with the various rigs seen all along the countryside and cities. Oklahoma’s economy relied on petroleum processing for more than 10 percent of state revenue. The adverse side effect to their petroleum dependence is the industry’s heavy use of asbestos products. This puts thousands of lives at risk for asbestos exposure.
If you’ve been injured due to asbestos, keep in mind that you may be eligible for substantial compensation. For more information and for free, no-obligation case consultation, contact our leading Oklahoma mesothelioma attorneys today.
Jobs with Asbestos Exposure in Oklahoma
Petroleum processing plant workers are faced with hazardous conditions every day at work. What they probably didn’t realize was that one of those risks was asbestos exposure. Many workers forget about or lack knowledge of the asbestos contained in many of the pipe fittings or insulation at the plants.
Where there are buildings, there exists a construction industry. This is true of Oklahoma, whose two main metropolitan cities include Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Smaller collegiate cities include Stillwater and Norman, both of which are densely populated around several historic buildings, mainly buildings found on the campuses of Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma (OU).
Back in 2004, the Oklahoma Daily News ran a report about the asbestos found on the OU campus in two of their buildings. The abatement process followed shortly after that and no one was harmed, but not all asbestos discoveries are quite as fortunate. Many times when asbestos is discovered in such buildings, many have already been exposed to the fibers.
The risk of exposure to asbestos by various maintenance workers and mechanics in the state of Oklahoma is very high. Brake mechanics are at risk because the brakes and brake pads contain asbestos. Ford Motors has a factory located in Oklahoma City where many employees may have been exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos-Related Deaths in Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s asbestos fatality rate has doubled since 1979. Over 330 died as a result of asbestos exposure, and at least 60 percent of that total was due to mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer that affects the lining of the lungs. Most of those affected by an asbestos-induced illness live around either Oklahoma City or Tulsa. The state of Oklahoma ranks 31st in the nation for the number of mesothelioma lawsuits filed.
Legal Resources for Oklahoma
Oklahoma statute allows you two years to file a personal injury claim based upon proof of negligence on behalf of the asbestos manufacturers and/or your employers. We encourage you to contact our leading Oklahoma mesothelioma attorneys today to get your claim started as soon as possible.