There are two major industrial sources of asbestos exposure in South Carolina: ship building and/or repair and power generation plants, which are both responsible for some of the highest rates of asbestos exposure and related diseases.

Cities in South Carolina

We have gathered a list of cities in South Carolina where asbestos related work sites been located. If you or a loved one worked with any of the listed companies or on these job sites in South Carolina, there is a good possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos, which can have many detrimental effects to your health. In some cases it takes many years for asbestos exposure to cause illness, and symptoms may seem mild at first, but usually lead to mesothelioma cancer. These cities/work sites are where asbestos exposure has been reported:

Arkansas City
Chanute
Coffeyville
Dodge City

El Dorado
Hutchinson
Kansas City
Lawrence

Leavenworth
Salina
Topeka
Wichita

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Natural Asbestos

South Carolina’s beautiful mountains are home to many natural serpentine mineral deposits. Serpentine was once mined and used industrially as “white” asbestos. This fibrous mineral or its particles were inhaled and enter the lungs, they can cause asbestosis. Asbestosis, a lung disease caused by inhalation of asbestos particles, causes several cancers, particularly lung cancer and mesothelioma. Symptoms of asbestosis often times do not arise for up to two decades after the inhalation. Mining of this natural mineral took place primarily in the northwestern corner along the borders of North Carolina and Georgia.

More natural asbestos deposits can be found along the Appalachian Mountain Range and the Piedmont. Two more sites can be found near the North Carolina state line in Kings Mountain State Park; another three located to the southwest of this area in a rural stretch along SR 97.

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Energy Industries

Power plant employees work in one of the industries at the highest risk for asbestos exposure and mesothelioma related disease. American Center for Health Statistics show 3% of all work-related deaths in the energy industry are directly attributed to mesothelioma and/or asbestos cancer. Crocidolite, an extremely dangerous and deadly form of amphibole asbestos is an excellent electrical insulator, and is used throughout energy facilities, putting employees at high risks of inhalation of its particles. Gaskets used to seal valves, pipe fittings, pumps and machinery insulation also often contained asbestos containing materials. While fitting these gaskets properly, maintenance workers would cut, trim, file and handle these parts which creates asbestos dust that was then subsequently inhaled. Workers were negligently exposed to asbestos, putting them at nearly certain risk of asbestos related disease.

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The Shipping Industry

Starting around the 1930s, asbestos-mineral insulation was vastly used in the construction of ships. This insulation was applied as slurry or was sprayed on. Asbestos was considered a crucial tool in the shipbuilding industry, especially in the construction of military vessels because of the minerals ability to resist heat and aid in the prevention of fires that would be detrimental to a vessel at sea. It was also praised for its great insulation and corrosion resistant properties.

Before the dangers of this mineral became so well known, ships were often times laden in asbestos from bow to stern. The irony is that these products were so heavily used on ships for safety, but it was the presence of asbestos that may have proved to be the greatest danger.

After years of use, the insulation used to line these vessels began deteriorating, becoming friable. As the insulation begins to crumble into dust, it released millions more fibers into the environment, which could be inhaled by those on the ship, or workers who maintained and repaired it.

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Reported Deaths

From 1980-2000, over six hundred South Carolinians reportedly died from asbestos diseases including mesothelioma. Because this disease takes so long to manifest, it is likely than many others were affected and have died from complications as well. As more is learned through asbestos research, more of those who were exposed are being treated and identified as victims. Most of those whose deaths were identified as exposure victims lived in or around the Charleston area.

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Work sites known for Asbestos Exposure

Below is a comprehensive list of companies, operating in South Carolina, that have had known cases of Pleural Mesothelioma, Peritoneal Mesothelioma, Pericardial Mesothelioma, or Testicular Mesothelioma. Workers who were employed at any of these companies may have been subjected to life threatening levels of Asbestos.

Companies in alphabetical order:

• 3M Plant
• Aerocox Corp
• Aetna Cotton Mills
• Aircraft Fire & Crash Building
• Airport Regional Office Park
• Alice Manufacturing Company
• American Enka Corporation
• American Lava Corp
• Apc
• Aragon Baldwin Cotton Mills
• Armstrong Cork Company
• Baldwin Cotton Mills
• Basf Corp
• Bearing Distributors
• Beaufort Plaza Shopping Center
• Berea Industrial Park
• Bigelow-Sanford, Inc
• Bldrs Marts of America
• Bloomsburg Mills
• BMA Inc.
• Boilermakers Union- Local 687
• Bomb Plant
• Bowaters Carolina Corporation
• Broad River Brick Company
• Brown Rodgers & Dixson Company
• Buffalo Cotton Mills
• Calhoun Mills
• Camden Forest Products Inc
• Carotell Paper Board Corporation
• Catawba Nuclear Plant
• Celanese Plant
• Celotex
• Central Mills Company
• Central Power Plant Marine Barracks
• Champion – Spring City Knitting
• Chapin Company
• Civil Insulation Company
• Clearwater Finishing Plant
• Clearwater Manufacturing Company
• Clemson Agricultural College of Sc
• Clemson College
• Clemson University
• Columbia Lbr & Manufacturing. Company
• Columbia Plastering Company
• Commissioners of Public Works
• Covil Insulation Company
• Covil Sales, Inc.
• Daniel Construction Company, Inc
• Darlington Manufacturing Company
• Darlington Mills
• Darlington Veneer Company, Inc.
• De Kalb Cotton Mills
• Deering Milliken Mills
• Delta Finishing Plant
• Detyen’s Shipyards, Inc.
• Dolphus M. Grainger Power Station
• Dreher High School
• Duke Power Company
• Duke Siding
• Dupont Chemical

• Dupont Denemours
• Dupont May Plant
• Dupont Savannah River Project
• E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company
• Easley Cotton Mills
• Em Service Club
• Embers Charcoal
• Excelsior Ill No 4
• Excelsior Mills
• Fiberglas Plant
• Fort Park
• Gaffney High School
• Gaffney Manufacturing Company
• General Electric Power Company
• Georgetown Mill
• Gerrish Milliken Mills
• Glen Lowry Manufacturing Company
• Glenwood Cotton Mills
• Grace Bleachery
• Graniteville Manufacturing Company
• Graniteville Mill
• Guignard Brick Works
• H L Roper & Company
• Imperial Manufacturing Company
• Industrial Burners, Inc.
• International Paper Company
• Isaqueena Mills
• J.P. Stevens and Company, Inc.
• Jess Underground Utility
• Jp Stevens
• Keowee Hydro Plant
• Kimberly-Clark Corporation
• Lancaster Cotton Mills
• Lancaster Water District
• Magnolia Finishing Plant Deering Milliken Mills
• Marine Corps Air Station
• Marine Corps Auxilary Landing Field
• Marine Corps Recruit Depot
• Marion Manufacturing Company
• Maxwell-Campbell Inc.
• May Plant
• Mays Constr.
• Mc Donald, Wilkins and Company
• Mccormick Mills Corporation
• Mccormick Spring Mill
• Miller Lbr Company
• Milliken Mills
• Monarch Cotton Mills
• Mustang Sales & Service
• National Distillers & Chemical
• New South Forest Industries
• North Brothers, Inc.
• Nucor Corporation
• Nucor Steel
• Oconee Nuclear Station
• Owens Corning Fiberglas Corp
• Pacolet Finishing Plant
• Pacolet Manufacturing Company
• Pacolet Yarns
• Paris Island Marine Base

• Parris Island
• Peoples Ice and Fuel Company
• Perfection American Company
• Perfection Gear Company
• Piedmont Print Works
• Pine Creek Manufacturing Company
• Plywood Plastics Corporation
• Plywood Products Corp
• Port Park
• Port Royal Cotton Compressing Company
• Quantum Chemical
• Receiving Section
• Riley Stoker Corporation
• Rocky River Mills
• S.C. District 55 H.S.
• S.C. Electric & Gas
• Saco Lowell Shops
• Savannah River Plant
• Seaboard Airlines, Rr
• Seminole Mills
• Seneca Cotton Mills
• Sirocco
• Sligh Plumbing & Heating Company
• South Carolina Electric & Gas Company
• Southern Bleachery & Print Works
• Southern Kraft Paper Company
• Southern Railway Frt Team Track
• Southland Exchange
• Spring Industries
• Spring Mills
• Springs Bleachery
• Springs Cotton Mills
• Sprinstein Mills
• Stafford Insulation Company
• Union Dry Cleaning Company and Steam Laundry
• Union Mills
• United Merchants Manufacturers
• United Merchants Mill
• United States Marine Barracks
• United States Marine Depot
• United States Naval Air Station
• Urquhart Powerhouse
• Us Army
• Utica and Mohawk Mills
• Utica Mohawk Plant
• Victor Monaghan Company
• Victor Plant
• W A Lamans Fpm
• Waccaman Clay Products Company
• Wateree Steam Plant
• Watts Mills
• Wellman, Inc.
• Westinghouse Plant
• Westpoint Stevens
• Whitmire Plant
• Wickes Corporation
• Winyah Electric Generating Plant
• Woolen Unit
• Wylie Mills
• Yeamans Hall Road

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Mesothelioma Cancer Centers

If you have worked at or are currently employed at any of these companies and suspect, you maybe have been subjected to unsafe amounts of asbestos we are here to help! We have compiled a list of what treatment centers in your area as well as what we believe to be the Top Mesothelioma Cancer Centers across the country.

Carolina Pulmonary & Critical Care Center
Lexington Medical Park 2
146 N Hospital Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169

McLeod Regional Medical Center

555 E Cheves Street
Florence, SC 29506-2606

Roper Hospital

316 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

St. Francis Downtown

1 St. Francis Drive
Greenville, SC 29601

Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute – Spartanburg

101 East Wood St.
Spartanburg, SC 29303

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Show Sources

Resources:

  1. http://www.asbestosnation.org/facts/asbestos-deaths/il/ (photo)
  2. Geological Research, Analyses and Services Programs. “Naturally Occurring Asbestos Locations in the Contiguous U.S. and Alaska.” Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 25 May 2007.
    http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/noa/usamap.pdf (accessed 9 October 2016).
  3. http://www.cdc.gov/MMWR/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5815a3.htm
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