Arizona

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyers

Arizona is well-known as a desert state, and the home of many Native American tribes, such as the Navajo, the Hopi, the Apache, the Yavapai and others. What is less known is that 27% of Arizona is forest, primarily the Ponderosa Pine Forests of the Colorado Plateau in the north central portion of the state. Arizona is also known for some remarkable geographic wonders, such as the Grand Canyon, which is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. In fact, the Grand Canyon National Park was one of the first national parks in the United States, created by President Theodore Roosevelt. Also, Arizona has perhaps the most well-preserved meteorite impact site in the world — the Barringer Meteorite Crater in the Colorado Plateau — which is nearly one mile wide and 570 feet deep. As an indication of Arizona’s diverse climate, Arizona’s Phoenix metropolitan area has the most days over 100º F and the Flagstaff metropolitan area, which has nearly the most days below freezing in the lower 48 contiguous states.

Arizona is the sixth largest state in the union by geographic area. With over 6.5 million residents, Arizona is the largest populated of all the land lock states. Being landlocked, there was no maritime industry, however, asbestos was used in many Arizona industries, including mining, power plants and construction.

OCCUPATIONS AT RISK

Below is a list of occupations that put Arizona workers at a known risk of asbestos exposure. If you worked in one of these occupations in the 1980s or earlier, there is a good chance that you were exposed to asbestos:

  • Aircraft mechanics & Repairmen
  • Automobile mechanics
  • Boilermakers
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Construction Workers
  • Electricians
  • Foundry Workers
  • Industrial Plant Workers
  • Insulators
  • Miners
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • Smelting Plant Workers
  • U.S. Navy Veterans

JOBSITES WITH KNOWN ASBESTOS EXPOSURES

The following is a list of some of the Arizona jobsites where there is documented use of asbestos products. If you or a family member worked at one of these places, you may be at a heightened risk of asbestos disease.

If you believe that you may have been exposed to asbestos at your own job, please contact a mesothelioma attorney for more information. There are many other jobsites in Arizona where asbestos was used.

Mining and Smelting Operations

  • American Smelting & Refining Co.
  • Anaconda Copper Mining Co., Miami, AZ
  • Arizona Copper Co., Morenci
  • Arizona Smelting Co., Val Verde
  • Calumet and Arizona Mining Co, Douglas
  • Christmas Mines
  • Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Co., Bisbee
  • Gibson Copper Co, Globe
  • Kennecott Copper Corporation, Hayden
  • Magma Copper, San Manuel
  • Old Dominion Copper Mining and Smelting Co.
  • Phelps Dodge Corp.
  • San Manuel Copper Corp.

Power Plants

  • Arizona Light and Power Co., Phoenix
  • Central Arizona Light and Power Co., Phoenix
  • Central Arizona Light and Power Co., McNary
  • Flagstaff Electric Light Co., Flagstaff
  • Flint Creek Power Plant, Benton County
  • Globe Light and Power Co., Globe
  • Grand Canyon Electric Light and Power Co., Williams
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Phoenix
  • Prescott Electric Co., Prescott
  • Tucson Electric Power Co., Tucson
  • Tucson Gas and Electric Co., Phoenix

Railroad

  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, Grand Canyon
  • C.Y.R. and P. Railroad, Tucson
  • El Paso and S W RR Co, Morenci
  • Phoenix Railway Co., Phoenix

Other Industries

  • MM Sundt Construction Co.
  • Arizona Safety Shoe & Equipment Co., Phoenix
  • Sentinel Safety Supply Inc., Phoenix
  • The Anaconda Company

MESOTHELIOMA IN ARIZONA

The high levels of asbestos used in Arizona industries have taken their toll on the health of Arizona workers, who in some counties have some of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the country. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer of the lining of the lungs and abdomen, which is caused by asbestos exposure.

Like other asbestos disease, mesothelioma has a long latency period. This means that a person usually develops mesothelioma long after the initial exposure to asbestos — usually between 10 and 50 years later. Due to this latency period, the number of Arizona mesothelioma deaths continues to rise even though asbestos is seldom used in Arizona today.

According to the Environmental Working Group, Arizona has the 28th highest rate of asbestos disease in the country as of 2002. These deaths were highly concentrated in the counties of Maricopa and Pima. Between 1979 to 2001, at least 672 people from Arizona died of mesothelioma or asbestosis.

ARIZONA MESOTHELIOMA LAWYER

As a result, workers in all these industries were exposed to significant amounts of asbestos dust until the mid to late 1970s and sometimes into the 1980s. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you believe you were exposed to asbestos in Arizona, please contact one of our mesothelioma lawyers. We can help you investigate the source of your exposure, and determine what companies were responsible.