SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Mesothelioma lawyers from the national asbestos litigation firm of Levy Konigsberg LLP (“LK”) are continuing to help Utah mesothelioma patients and families obtain legal compensation from companies who manufactured, sold or used asbestos-containing products.
Known for its beautiful mountains and breathtaking views of the open country, the “Beehive State” is no stranger to the heartbreaking consequences of preventable asbestos exposure. Available statistics show that in less than one decade, over 100 individuals have passed away from mesothelioma in Utah. Even more have passed away from asbestosis. Tooele County currently ranks 14th in the nation of counties with the highest mesothelioma death rates. Asbestos lawyers at LK understand the life changing experiences that a mesothelioma diagnosis brings for you and your family. Our mesothelioma attorneys will compassionately stand up for your rights.
During your free consultation, the LK team will gather your entire employment history so that all of the asbestos exposures you may have suffered throughout your lifetime can be properly investigated. For many reasons, including its wide-open land, geological properties, and corporate tax rates, industries found Utah to be an appealing location. As clients of LK, you can expect a comprehensive investigation into the sources of your asbestos exposure and the manufacturers of asbestos products who caused it.
The federal government owns over 50% of Utah’s land. For decades, military bases, geological operations and other ventures have been conducted on these lands. Federal employees, military personnel, civilian employees and independent contractors were regularly exposed to asbestos at these worksites.
Utah is home to some of the country’s largest military bases. Both military personnel and civilian employees worked for decades to support base operations. Although not traditionally thought of as sources of asbestos exposure, thousands of individuals across the country were regularly exposed to asbestos while working at military bases. LK has assisted numerous families of workers exposed to asbestos at military bases. Trades that were generally exposed to asbestos at these worksites include mechanics, boilermakers, millwrights, insulators and laborers.
Mechanics regularly maintained automobiles and heavy trucks, changing brakes and clutches containing asbestos material. Aviation mechanics regularly removed and maintained the braking assemblies of various aircraft. Workers operated and maintained heating and cooling equipment, including boilers, furnaces, pumps, valves, chilling stations, refrigeration plants and other equipment.
Military worksites located in Utah include:
- Hill Air Force Base: Located in Ogden, the Hill Air Force Base is the sixth largest employer in Utah.
- Dugway Army Base: This base is one of the largest Army bases in the United States, spanning nearly 800,000 acres.
- Toole Army Depot: Located in Toole County, this Army Depot has been operated since 1942. For decades, civilian and military employees received, renovated, modified and maintained various munitions.
Farming in Utah
Generations of families in Utah have farmed the land, growing hay, corn, onions, potatoes and barley. In Utah, there are over 16,600 independent farms, each with an average size of 669 acres. LK admires the independent attitude and work ethic of farming families. We are proud to represent farmers and their families throughout the country.
Common sources of asbestos exposures suffered by farmers and their employees include farming equipment and building materials:
Much of the equipment used by farmers and their employees required brakes, clutches and other automotive components, including gaskets, seals, flanges and manifolds. Farming equipment, including tractors, cultivators, seeders, layers, planters, spreaders, sorters, fertilizing equipment, balers, mowers, toppers, backhoes, loaders, cutters, traction engines, threshing machines hog oilers as well as trucks and cars, were routinely used on Utah farms. Many farmers personally maintained this equipment, regularly performing required maintenance, including brake and clutch replacements as well as removal and installation of gaskets and seals. Although manufacturers of automotive components were aware of the dangers associated with exposure to asbestos as far back as the 1930s and 1940s, much of this automotive equipment incorporated asbestos through to the 1990s. Farmers and other employees were regularly exposed to asbestos while maintaining equipment critical to their operations.
Between the 1930s and 1970s, many of the materials used in construction and repair of buildings and other structures contained asbestos. Joint compounds, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, wallboard, paint and other products contained asbestos which became airborne upon use. Farmers and other employees who built, maintained or repaired structures on their property may have been exposed to asbestos while working with or around these products. Mesothelioma attorneys at LK are experienced in identifying asbestos exposures suffered by individuals who built or repaired such structures.
Mining in Utah
Many historians trace the origins of mining in Utah to 1862, when Colonel Patrick E. Connor settled in the state with a group of experienced prospectors. Copper, stone, uranium, and many other products have been mined in Utah for over a century. Asbestos lawyers at LK are experienced in identifying unique asbestos exposures suffered at these worksites. Mining operations require the installation of heavy equipment and the construction of various structures. Between the 1940s and 1980s, much of this equipment contained asbestos components. Workers who operated this equipment or built these structures were regularly exposed to asbestos fibers.
Other Industrial Worksites
Regardless of where in Utah you worked, mesothelioma attorneys at LK will assist your family in identifying the unique asbestos exposures you suffered at your worksite. If you worked at a power plant, oil refinery, manufacturing facility, auto garage, railroad, or delivery service, our asbestos lawyers and investigators will work tirelessly to identify each manufacturer and each product which exposed you to asbestos.
Individual Case Review
In Utah, 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.
Utah worksites where asbestos exposure was common include:
Figure 1. Map of the most common asbestos exposure worksites in the State of Utah.
- American Smelting & Refining Company (Garfield, UT)
- Bingham Consolidated Mining & Smelting (Bingham, UT)
- Bingham Junction (Bingham, UT)
- Bullough Asbestos (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Calera Mining Company (Garfield, UT)
- Columbia Geneva Steel Division (Geneva, UT)
- Daly West Mining Company (Park City, UT)
- Day Judge Mug Company (Park City, UT)
- Empire Mining Company (Park City, UT)
- Gadsby Power Plant (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Geneva Works (Geneva, UT)
- Hercules Power Company (Magna, UT)
- Hill Air Force Base (Ogden, UT)
- Inland Refining (Woods Cross, UT)
- Intermountain Power (Delta, UT)
- Kennecott Copper Company (Garfield, UT)
- Little Bell Consolidated Mining Company (Park City, UT)
- Magna Water & Sewage Treatment Plant (Magna, UT)
- Naval Supply Depot (Clearfield, UT)
- Phillips 66 Refinery (Woods Cross, UT)
- Salt Lake City Refinery (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Shelby Smelting & Lead Company (Garfield, UT)
- Skyline Insulation, Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Stauffer Chemical (Garfield, UT)
- Steiner Corporation (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Tesoro Refining (Salt Lake City, UT)
- U.S. Steel Corp. (Geneva, UT)
- United States Smelting Company (Bingham, UT)
- Utah Canning Plant (Ogden, UT)
- Utah Copper Company (Garfield, UT)
If you or your loved one are a Utah resident or were exposed to asbestos in Utah, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please call 1-800-637-6529 or contact us electronically through this website to receive a FREE consultation with experienced 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.