Power Plant Workers in Kentucky Face Asbestos Exposure
Due to fire hazards at Kentucky power plants, asbestos insulation is likely to be found throughout facilities in piping, boilers, heaters, electric components and certain machinery on the premises. Consequently, plant workers have likely been exposed to asbestos materials, and potentially inhaled toxic fibers, which can in turn cause serious conditions and cancers like asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Scores of former power plant employees in Kentucky and around the country have filed claims against former and current employers for failing to provide a safe work environment and for failing to provide proper warnings of the potential occupational risks.
Power Plant Work Sites in Kentucky
- Reid Generating Station—Sebree, KY
- Tennessee Valley Authority—Paradise, KY
- Tennessee Valley Authority—Paducah, KY
- E.C. Power Plant—Paducah, KY
- Elmer Smith Power Station—Owensboro, KY
- Owensboro Municipal Power Plant—Owensboro, KY
- Brown Power Station—Louisville, KY
- AEP Big Sandy Power Station—Louisa, KY
- Burnside Power Plant—Lexington, KY
- Coleman Steam Plant—Hawesville, KY
- Kenneth C. Coleman Power Plant—Hawesvile, KY
- Kentucky State Capitol Power Plant—Frankfort, KY
- W. Brown Power Station—Dix Dam, KY
- Paradise Steam Plant—Drakesboro, KY
- Tennessee Valley Authority—Drakesboro, KY
- Green River Power Plant—Central City, KY
- John Sherman Copper Power Station—Burnside, KY
- Dix Dam Power Plant—Burgin, KY
- W. Brown Generating Station—Burgin, KY
- Bowling Green Power Plant—Bowling Green, KY
- Bellefonte power plant—Ashland, KY
- East Kentucky Electric Coop—Winchester, KY
- Big Rivers Steam Plant—Sebree, KY
- E.C Plant—Paducah, KY
- Kentucky Power Coop—Maysville, KY
- Kentucky Power—Louisa, KY
- E.C Plant—Kevil, KY
- Hudsonville Power Plant—Hudsonville, KY
- Henderson Power Plant—Henderson, KY
- Ford Power Plant—Ford, KY
- Shawnee Steam Plant—West Paducah, KY
Power Plant Workers at Asbestos Risk
An elevated incidence of asbestos-related deaths have been documented in the power industry, where for many years employees worked with asbestos hazards without safety protection.
A recent asbestos study published by the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology concluded a vast number of employees in the power generation industry have been affected.
The study says exposure to asbestos in certain power plant occupations put workers at a high risk for developing asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. The following positions in the power industry may lead to a higher risk of exposure:
- Maintenance crew
- Boiler operators
- Pipefitters & Plumbers
Asbestos Materials Used in Power Plants
- Fire-resistant clothing—gloves, aprons, masks
- Thermal insulation
- Electric cable insulation
- Electrical cloth
- Fire blankets
- Mesh blankets
- Pipe coverings
- Welder’s blankets
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has stated that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Brief exposure can lead to serious illness. Plant workers exposed to asbestos fibers may develop scarring in the tissue surrounding the lungs.
This commonly leads to conditions such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos-related illnesses may take up to 40 years to cause noticeable symptoms, so any former worker of a Kentucky power plant should remain vigilant of any change in overall health. Mesothelioma causes signs and symptoms that may include:
- Chest pain
- Painful coughing
- Trouble breathing
- Trouble swallowing
- Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on chest
- Unexplained weight loss
The large number of power plants operating in Kentucky is a concern for surrounding communities and employees. Lawyers claim power plant management knew about the deadly risks of asbestos exposure, and still failed to warn employees or provide proper safety equipment.
As a result, former employees in Kentucky are filing claims against employers. Any person exposed to asbestos and injured at a Kentucky power plant can seek compensation for a related medical issue.
If you or a loved one has suffered an asbestos-related cancer after working at a Kentucky power plant, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Kentucky, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.