OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – Mesothelioma attorneys from the national asbestos litigation firm of Levy Konigsberg LLP (“LK”) are continuing to help Oklahoma mesothelioma patients and families obtain legal compensation from companies who manufactured, sold or used asbestos-containing products.
Every year, thousands of men and women across the country are diagnosed with mesothelioma, including many in Oklahoma. Even more are diagnosed with lung cancer and asbestosis. According to statistics compiled by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, Oklahoma’s Delaware County ranks thirtieth in the country for the counties with the highest mesothelioma death rate. All of these asbestos-related diseases could have been prevented if workers had been properly protected from exposure to asbestos.
Due to the presence of a large steel and oil industry in Oklahoma, insulators, plumbers, laborers, electricians, pipefitters, chemical operators, machinist, boilermakers, engineers and many other trades were routinely exposed to asbestos on a daily basis at their places of employment. Mesothelioma attorneys at LK have extensive experience in investigating these occupational exposures suffered in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Steel Plants
Between the 1940s and 1980s, numerous steel plants were constructed and operated throughout Oklahoma. Companies including Armco Steel and Sheffield Steel operated steel products plants which employed thousands of Oklahoma residents. These steel plants typically operated year-round with three continuous work shifts. Plant employees, independent contractors and other visitors of these steel plants were routinely exposed to airborne asbestos throughout the plants. Mesothelioma attorneys at LK are experienced in investigating the unique asbestos exposures suffered by workers in the steel industry.
Steel manufacturing operations typically required temperatures reaching up to 3,000 degrees. Employees of these Oklahoma steel mills regularly worked with and around high-heat equipment insulated with raw asbestos. Employers provided plant workers with gloves, mittens, blankets, vests and other products composed of asbestos. For years, workers at these steel plants were provided with asbestos-containing products to prevent exposure to the high temperatures of the steel making process. Although scientific information describing the dangers of asbestos exposure was readily available to these employers and manufacturers of asbestos-containing protective gear, steel workers in Oklahoma were not warned. LK attorneys are experienced in investigating and identifying the manufacturers of these asbestos-containing safety materials which Oklahoma steel workers were routinely exposed to.
Numerous tradespeople and independent contractors were required at these Oklahoma steel plants to ensure that operations would not be interrupted. Equipment and machinery, including boilers, furnaces, ovens, hot tops, steam traps, pumps, valves, and electric products were installed, maintained and repaired regularly. Tradespeople were hired to operate and replace this equipment on a daily basis. Asbestos-containing products, including gaskets, packing, millboard, pipecovering and raw asbestos was routinely installed and replaced at these steel plants. Mesothelioma attorneys at LK have represented many tradespeople who performed work at steel plants, including boilermakers, electricians, plumbers, millwrights, pipefitters, insulators and independent contractors.
Oklahoma Oil Industry
Oklahoma’s oil industry has existed for well over a century with the first commercial oil well drilled in 1896 in Washington County. Asbestos exposures suffered by Oklahoma citizens are widespread and must be thoroughly investigated. Oilrigs and wells, refining plants, processing plants and pipelines are common locations where asbestos-containing products were installed and maintained. Between the 1940s and 1980s, heavy construction was performed throughout Oklahoma to support the oil industry. Individuals from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Kansas regularly worked in and around Oklahoma in various capacities.
Mesothelioma attorneys at LK are experienced in investigating the unique exposures suffered by those involved in the oil industry. Below are just a few of the oil industry areas which attorneys at LK will investigate on your behalf.
Before exploration, removal or refining can begin, heavy construction is required. Independent contractors and other oil employees built factories and on-site drilling structures. Between the 1940s and 1980s, many of the materials used in the construction industry contained asbestos. Construction workers and other employees present at these locations were routinely exposed to asbestos-containing materials.
Several corporations, including Bareco Oil, Blackwell, Deep Rock Oil, Shaffer Oil and Texaco established refineries throughout Oklahoma. Consisting of hundreds of pieces of equipment and numerous facilities, thousands of employees were required to properly operate these refineries. Equipment, including boilers, furnaces, steam traps, pumps and valves were installed and maintained regularly. Employees, independent contractors and other visitors to these Oklahoma refiners were regularly exposed to airborne asbestos.
Oklahoma Field Operations
On-site oil retrieval required the installation, operation and maintenance of various pieces of equipment. Between the 1940s and 1980s, much of this equipment incorporated asbestos-containing materials. Workers at these worksites also regularly worked with and around drilling muds and fluids. For several decades, these muds and fluids contained asbestos, which numerous workers were exposed to. Products manufactured by Flosal, Montello and Union Carbide were routinely present at these drilling sites. LK attorneys are experienced in investigating exposure to drilling muds and fluids.
Oklahoma Power Plants
At least six major coal-fired power plants were located throughout Oklahoma between the 1940s and 1980s. Other power plants and utilities were constructed and operated during this time as well.
The generation of power in Oklahoma required the use of large, high-temperature equipment. Boilers, furnaces, turbines, cooling towers and ovens were installed, maintained and repaired at these power plants. This equipment required large amounts of asbestos-containing products to properly function. Other products, including pumps, valves, motors, wire, cable, heaters, air conditioning units, gaskets, packing, chillers, and steam traps were necessary to allow the powerhouses to properly function. Individuals working at these Oklahoma power plants were exposed to high levels of asbestos dust from their work with or around these products.
Power Plant Construction
Between the 1930s and 1980s, construction of power plants, rail yards, generating sites and other locations for equipment were undertaken throughout Oklahoma. Independent contractors, construction crews and powerhouse employees were present while these locations were constructed. Between the 1930s and 1980s, many of the construction materials used or installed at these power plant construction sites contained asbestos.
Mesothelioma attorneys at LK are experienced in investigating powerhouse worksites. Due to the presence of various pieces of equipment and machinery throughout a power plant, there are many sources of exposure which must be investigated. During your free consultation with an LK attorney, we will explain the traditional and unique exposures suffered by individuals present at a powerhouse.
Other Industry in Oklahoma
Due to the presence of the steel, oil and power industries in Oklahoma, many other necessary businesses were established. Manufacturing companies, transportation, warehousing, construction and building services, shipping and other industries prospered as a result of these large industrial employers. During your free consultation, an LK attorney will review your employment history and discuss the investigation of asbestos exposure at your worksites.
Individual Case Review
In Oklahoma, and across the country, many people also developed mesothelioma from non-occupational asbestos exposures, such as automotive work, home renovations and other hobbies, or from “second-hand asbestos exposure,” which occurred when work clothes contaminated with asbestos were worn home. An experienced LK attorney will assist your family in determining all possible sources of your exposure to asbestos dust.
Oklahoma worksites where asbestos exposure was common include:
Figure 1. Map of the most common asbestos exposure worksites in the State of Oklahoma.
- Alliance America (Okmulgee, OK)
- Altus Air Force Base (Altus, OK)
- Ardmore Development Authority (Ardmore, OK)
- Armco Steel (Sand Springs, OK)
- Bareco Oil Company (Barnsdall, OK)
- Barnsdall Refineries, Inc. (Barnsdall, OK)
- Ben Franklin Refining Company (Ardmore, OK)
- Blackwell Oil & Gas Company (Cushing, OK)
- Central Oklahoma State Hospital (Norman, OK)
- Central State Griffin Memorial Hospital (Norman, OK)
- Chas. R. Baum (Altus, OK)
- Cherokee Nitrogen Plant (Pryor, OK)
- Cherokee Power House (Lawton, OK)
- Choctaw Railway & Lighting Company (McAlester, OK)
- City Services Oil Company (Barnsdall, OK)
- D-X Sunray Oil Company (Duncan, OK)
- Deep Rock Oil Corporation (Cushing, OK)
- Duncan Oil Refinery (Duncan, OK)
- DuPont (Pryor, OK)
- Fort Sill Army Base (Lawton, OK)
- Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (Lawton, OK)
- Grand River Dam Authority (Pryor, OK)
- Gulf Oil (Pryor, OK)
- Horseshoe Lake Station (Harrah, OK)
- Hudgens Construction Company (McAlester, OK)
- Illinois Oil Company (Cushing, OK)
- Industrial Insulators, Inc. (Altus, OK)
- Kaiser Chemical (Pryor, OK)
- Kerr Glass Manufacturing (Sand Springs, OK)
- Kerr McGee Oil and Chemical (Wynnewood, OK)
- M.W. Kellog Company (West Tulsa, OK)
- Mid Continent Petroleum (West Tulsa, OK)
- Midland Cooperatives, Inc. (Cushing, OK)
- National Tank Company (Sand Springs, OK)
- Naval Air Station (Norman, OK)
- Naval Ammunition Depot (McAlester, OK)
- Northeastern Station (Oologah, OK)
- Oklahoma Cement Company (Pryor, OK)
- Oklahoma Electric & Water Company (Guymon, OK) Okmulgee Hospital (Okmulgee, OK)
- Oologah Power Station (Oologah, OK)
- Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company (Guymon, OK)
- Petrolite Corporation (Barnsdall, OK)
- Petty-Badger Company (Drumright, OK)
- Phillips Petroleum Refinery (Okmulgee, OK)
- Piping Engineering Company, Inc. (Sand Springs, OK)
- Producers & Refiners Corporation (West Tulsa, OK)
- Pso Ne Gen Station (Oologah, OK)
- Pso Riverside Gas & Electric Company (Jenks, OK)
- Public Service Oklahoma (Statewide, OK)
- Riverside Station Unit 1 (Jenks, OK)
- Rock Island Refining Oil Company (Duncan, OK)
- Seminole Generating Station (Konawa, OK)
- Shaffer Oil & Refining Company (Cushing, OK)
- Sheffield Steel (Sand Springs, OK)
- Sheffield Steel Corporation (Sheffield, OK)
- Sinclair Prairie Oil Company (Drumright, OK)
- Sinclair Refining Company (Sand Springs, OK)
- Southland Cotton Div. Company (Wynnewood, OK)
- Southwestern Public Service Company (Guymon, OK)
- Stanolind Pipe Line Company (Drumright, OK)
- Sunray Refinery (Duncan, OK)
- Swift & Company (Guymon, OK)
- Texaco Oil (West Tulsa, OK)
- Texas Company (West Tulsa, OK)
- Tidewater Refinery (Drumright, OK)
- Tosco Refinery (Duncan, OK)
- Ultramar Diamond (Ardmore, OK)
- Union Iron Works (McAlester, OK)
- Uniroyal Plant (Ardmore, OK)
- Washita Power Plant (Anadarko, OK)
- Western Farmers Electric Corp. (Anadarko, OK)
- Westinghouse (Harrah, OK)
- Weyerhauser Paper Mill (Valliant, OK)
- Wynnewood Refinery (Wynnewood, OK)
If you or your loved one are an Oklahoma resident or were exposed to asbestos in Oklahoma, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please call 1-800-637-6529 or submit an online inquiry on this website to receive a FREE consultation with mesothelioma attorneys at Levy Konigsberg LLP.
Under the law of most states, pain and suffering from mesothelioma may be compensated through the award of money damages, usually obtained with the help of experienced mesothelioma attorneys. In some states other types of damages may also be recovered.
Asbestos litigation affords mesothelioma victims the opportunity to receive financial compensation and hold accountable the companies that caused their asbestos exposure.
- Preserve your rights to bring a legal action against the responsible parties within the limited time frame allowed by law, known as statute of limitations;
- Obtain maximum compensation in your case by being able to:
- Preserve evidence and establish facts of the asbestos exposure while the claimant is still alive and able to provide information;
- File and resolve a lawsuit against the responsible parties before they file for bankruptcy or, if they already have, to obtain compensation before their bankruptcy trust funds run out of money;
- Expedite your case, as courts tend to give higher priority to mesothelioma lawsuits where the claimant is still alive.