Power Plant Workers in Ohio and Kentucky Face Asbestos Exposure and mesothelioma lung cancer risks

Due to fire hazards at power plants in Ohio, 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 Ohio 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.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and asbestos cancer claims.

Ohio Power Plants

  • Gavin Power Plant—Cheshire, Ohio
  • J.M. Stuart Station—Aberdeen, Ohio
  • W. H. Sammis Power Plant—Stratton, Ohio
  • Cardinal Power Station—Brilliant, Ohio
  • Conesville Power Station—Conesville, Ohio
  • William H. Zimmer Power Station—Moscow, Ohio
  • Hanging Rock Energy Facility—Ironton, Ohio
  • Perry Nuclear Generating Station—North Perry, Ohio
  • Miami Fort Power Station—North Bend, Ohio
  • Kyger Creek Power Plant—Cheshire, Ohio
  • Rolling Hills Generating Station—Wilkesville, Ohio
  • Waterford Energy Center—Waterford, Ohio
  • Darby Electric Generating Station—Mount Sterling, Oiho
  • Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station—Oak Harbor, Ohio
  • West Lorain Plant—Lorain, Ohio
  • Killen Station—Wrightsville, Ohio
  • Robert P Mone Plant—Convoy, Ohio
  • Fremont Energy Center—Fremont, Ohio
  • Dresden Plant—Dresden, Ohio
  • Madison Peaking Station—Lebanon, Ohio

Kentucky Power Plants

  • 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.

Asbestos-related deaths have been documented internationally in the power industry. According to the British Journal of Industrial Medicine, studies of asbestos insulation workers show a “higher than expected death rate due to malignant mesothelioma.”

One of the study’s subjects was a former worker of a power plant. The study concludes that even minimal exposure experienced by neighborhood or household members “may induce malignant mesothelioma.”

The study notes that the increased exposure to asbestos make many of the studied occupations at “high-risk” of later developing asbestos-associated diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

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:

Asbestos Materials Used in Power Plants

  • Fire-resistant clothing—gloves, aprons, masks
  • Thermal insulation
  • Fireproofing
  • Electric cable insulation
  • Electrical cloth
  • Fire blankets
  • Mesh blankets
  • Pipe coverings
  • Welder’s blankets
  • Gaskets

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
  • Fatigue
  • Painful coughing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on chest
  • Unexplained weight loss

Muskingum Asbetsos Exposure

Muskingum River Power Plant, located outside of Waterford and Beverly, Ohio, was a subsidiary of American Electric Power, and also a part of what was Southern Ohio Electric Company. Any former employee of an Ohio power plant could have assumed health risks and suffered an illness years after working at the power facility.

Ohio power plant workers often risked certain exposure by wearing asbestos-containing protective clothing, including coats, aprons, and masks. The asbestos insulation in buildings and clothing over time will break down and release toxic fibers into the air, endangering workers throughout the facility.

The Muskingum River Plant has been decommissioned and closed due to several reasons including health concerns. In the last 20 years, thousands of former employees of Ohio power plants have filed claims against their employers for failing to provide safe work environments and for failing to warn workers of the potential risks of the workplace.

Nearly any worker in an Ohio power plant could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Asbestos Cancer Settlements

Ohio ranks in the top ten states for asbestos-related deaths. Many of the victims develop deadly cancers such as mesothelioma decades after exposure at the workplace.

Lawyers claim many utility corporations like American Electric Power knew about the potential deadly effects of asbestos exposure, and they failed to warn employees about the dangers, or provide proper safety equipment.

In one high-profile case in 2007, a former power plant worker who developed mesothelioma filed a lawsuit against Con Edison, Treadwell Corporation and other corporations. His attorneys claimed he was never informed of any asbestos hazard or given protective gear. The court found several companies negligent.

Power Plant Lung Cancer

The large number of power plants operating in Ohio and 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 and Ohio are filing claims against employers. Any person exposed to asbestos and injured at a 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.