Oklahoma Asbestos-Related Deaths from 1999-2017

Mesothelioma Deaths
Asbestosis Deaths
Total Deaths

Asbestos Exposure in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has a robust oil and gas industry but is known mostly as an agricultural state. Oklahoma has power plants, paper mills and other manufacturing plants that are known to use asbestos in their operations.

Vermiculite and Asbestos

Oklahoma, like many states across the country, also received shipments of asbestos tainted vermiculite from the W.R. Grace Company. Employees who processed the vermiculite were likely exposed to hazardous asbestos fibers and should monitor their health for asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Oil Refineries and Asbestos Exposure

Oil companies and refineries often used asbestos materials as insulation and fire retardant on equipment and machinery. Workers responsible for operating, maintaining or repairing asbestos-insulated equipment may have been exposed to toxic asbestos fibers.

Several refining companies in Oklahoma were designated as Superfund sites by the Environmental Protection Agency because of asbestos contamination. The Hudson Refinery site in Cushing, Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Refining Company in Cyril, Oklahoma were listed as Superfund sites and had to undergo extensive asbestos cleanup.

Aircraft Maintenance and Asbestos

Employees working in the airline maintenance industry in Tulsa, Oklahoma may have been exposed to asbestos-containing brakes, insulation, and gaskets. Current regulations do not allow asbestos materials to be used, but older airplanes may still have parts that contain asbestos.

Asbestos in Buildings

Older buildings in Oklahoma were likely constructed with asbestos-containing materials, such as insulation, flooring and ceiling tiles. Construction and maintenance workers should use the proper safety equipment and follow the proper asbestos removal procedures when working in these older facilities.

Terry McCann and Mesothelioma

Terry McCann, an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2005. McCann said he was exposed to asbestos while working in an oil refinery during a boiler installation. McCann said he breathed in asbestos during the installation process and filed a lawsuit against Foster Wheeler, the boiler manufacturer.  McCann’s lawsuit did not proceed because the statute of limitations had expired. He died from mesothelioma in 2006, but his experience brought a lot of attention to the deadly disease and the dangers of asbestos.

Partial list of work sites in Oklahoma with known asbestos exposure
  • American Airlines
  • Anadarko Power Plant
  • B.C. Fertilizer Plant
  • B.F. Goodrich Tire Plant
  • Beerbower Power Plant
  • Ben Franklin Refinery
  • Callery Chemical Plant
  • Champlin‐Citgo Oil Refinery
  • Citgo Building
  • Conoco Oil Refinery
  • Co‐Op Refinery
  • Dierks Paper Mill
  • Douglas Plant Main Building
  • Dx/Sunray Refinery
  • Enid Gas Plant
  • Farmlands Industries
  • First Baptist Church
  • Fort Gibson Dam
  • Fort Howard Paper Mill
  • General Motors Plant
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Plant
  • Grda Steam Plant
  • Hinderliter Industries
  • Horseshoe Generating Plant
  • Hugo Powerhouse
  • Insulation Services Warehouse & Fab Shop
  • John Zink Plant
  • Kerr‐Mcgee Nuclear Plant
  • Kerr‐Mcgee Refinery
  • Kvoo Studios
  • McDonnell Douglas
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Mid Continent Building
  • Moreland Powerhouse
  • Muskogee General Hospital
  • Mustang Powerhouse
  • National Tank
  • OG&E Power Plant
  • Oklahoma Gas & Electric
  • Oklahoma Ordinance Works
  • Oologah Powerhouse #1, #2
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Phillips Petroleum Office Building
  • Phillips Petroleum Transportation Center
  • Phillips Refinery
  • Phillips Research Center
  • Presbyterian Hospital
  • PSO Powerhouse
  • Public Service Company
  • Riverside Power Station
  • Rock Island Railroad
  • Sinclair Oil Refinery
  • Skelly Building
  • Skelly Oil
  • Sooner Power Plant
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • St. John’s Medical Center
  • Sun Oil (Sunoco) Refinery
  • Texaco Refinery
  • Texaco Service Station
  • Tinker Air Force Base
  • Total Petroleum Refinery
  • Tulsa Chemical Plant
  • Uniroyal Tire Plant
  • United States Asphalt Plant
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Warren Petroleum Refinery (aka Chevron)
  • Weleetka Powerhouse
  • Western Farmers Electric Co‐Op
  • Weyerhauser Paper Mill (s)
  • Xerox Champlin “Witcher” Chemical Plant

Statute of Limitations to File Mesothelioma Claim in Oklahoma

There is a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit for mesothelioma that varies for each state called the statute of limitations. This means if you do not file within the time limit, you will never be able to pursue legal action or obtain compensation. It’s important that you take legal action within this time frame so you do not miss out on receiving the compensation you may deserve. Contact us here to learn more about how we can help.

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What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a deadly and rare form of malignant cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. The most common forms of mesothelioma are: pleural and peritoneal. Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the abdominal cavity.

Victims with pleural mesothelioma may have respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue. Victims with peritoneal mesothelioma may have abdominal swelling, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss.

The latency period for mesothelioma is very long. The average latency period is about 30 years, but can be shorter than 15 years or longer than 40 years. This means individuals with mesothelioma may take decades to present symptoms from the time they were exposed to asbestos.

What is asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by asbestos exposure. When asbestos is inhaled the fibers irritate and scar the lining of the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. The lungs become stiff and cannot expand and contract normally. Symptoms of asbestosis are shortness of breath, chest pain, and a dry, persistent cough. Like mesothelioma, the latency period for asbestosis is very long. Symptoms may not present for 10 to 40 years after asbestos exposure.

Military Asbestos Exposure

It is extremely important to know that our attorneys do not sue the military. We seek accountability from the asbestos companies that sold dangerous asbestos products to the military.

Members of all branches of the military may have been exposed to asbestos before it became more restricted in the 1970s. The U.S. military used asbestos products in many areas because of its low cost, durability, and heat resistant properties. The common use of these asbestos products put many U.S. veterans at risk of developing asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Below is a list of the military branches and common asbestos exposure sites:

  • Navy – shipyards, boiler rooms, submarines
  • Army – barracks, shipyards, construction
  • Marine Corps – armored vehicles, barracks, ships, aircraft
  • Coast Guard – inside ships, ships, boiler rooms
  • Air Force- bases, airplanes, jets, aircraft maintenance