October 26, 2021

Abundant Asbestos Exposure in Washington State Industries

Washington is laden with industries known for asbestos exposure in the workplace, including shipbuilding, oil refining, power production, aluminum processing, timber and paper production.  In addition, the state’s Cascade, Okanogan, and Rocky Mountain ranges have an abundance of serpentine rock, which is the source of 95% of all commercial asbestos.  It is no surprise that Washington ranks 8th in the country for asbestos-related deaths, including those from mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that attacks the lining of the body’s lungs, abdomen, and in rare cases, the heart.  It is caused exclusively by asbestos exposure and can take years for symptoms to surface.  Many workers exposed in the following industries 20+ years ago have yet to see the harmful effects.


Statistics have shown that the highest number of malignant mesothelioma cases diagnosed are in coastal areas where shipyards were in operation.  Todd Pacific and the Bremerton Naval Shipyard were located in Washington’s Puget Sound area.  Also, Kaiser, the primary builder of the famous WWII “Liberty Ships,” operated facilities near Vancouver.


The timber industry continues to be a strong part of Washington’s economy.  Asbestos-containing materials are still found in the many paper and pulp mills, both in the machinery and in the paper drying process.


Washington is home to both hydroelectric and nuclear power plants.  Both are known to use high levels of asbestos containing materials in their facilities, including the Hanford Nuclear Site.

Oil Refining

Washington is the first U.S. port of call for oil tankers from Alaska and is home to numerous refineries.  It is well known that asbestos is used in almost every part of petroleum production.

Aluminum Processing

Aluminum production has been an important Washington industry since WWII.  The manufacturing process requires high levels of heat; therefore, asbestos insulation was used throughout these facilities.

If you or someone you know has worked in any of the above industries in Washington, you may be at risk for developing mesothelioma.  You could be entitled to compensation, and it is important to contact one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers right away.  Call 1-877-LOSS RECOVER (1-877-567-7732) for a free case evaluation.