Where is asbestos found in Indiana?
Steel Industry. Indiana’s steel industry has long posed the serious health threats associated with asbestos exposure. Those who have and continue to work in steel mills are often exposed to extreme heat and fire. Naturally, these workers used gloves, aprons, hoods, and other equipment designed specifically to protect against such occupational hazards. Ironically, these protective measures posed new and perhaps more serious health threats. To resist flame and heat, protective gear like gloves and hoods were made with asbestos. Asbestos, a material used in over 300 industrial and residential products, can cause serious diseases when inhaled or ingested.
Oil refineries. Indiana oil refineries also pose asbestos exposure risks of employees and other citizens. As with the steel mills, protective gear used in oil refineries actually increase the risk of serious occupational injury.
Other sources. Construction, renovation, and demolition sites, power plants, schools, and other buildings in Indiana are other potential sites of asbestos exposure, which can lead to serious diseases, including mesothelioma cancer and asbestosis.
Asbestos illness and mortality in Indiana
Between 1979 and 1999, over 500 Indiana residents died from asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. While each of these people was priceless, one famous mesothelioma cancer victim from Indiana is particularly notable. His celebrity status provoked widespread attention to this case and helped inform the American public about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure.
Film legend and Indiana native Steve McQueen, who appeared in films such as The Blob, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Great Escape, Midnight Cowboy and Papillion, was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer at the age of 49 and died less than one year later. When he was young McQueen served in the US Marines and later earned fame as a race car driver at a time when racers suits were lined with asbestos.
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Mesothelioma Treatment Centers in Indiana
Indiana University Medical Center
975 W Walnut St
Indianapolis, IN 46202, United States