Sunset over the western Kansas prairie with windmill

Kansas is known primarily as a farming community where asbestos exposure would be seldom present. However, there are a number of industries in Kansas that used extensive amounts of asbestos. These industries include the aviation industry, power plants, chemical plants, refineries, and steel mills.

Kansas also has a small amount of naturally occurring asbestos. A minimal amount of asbestos mining was done in Kansas, but those mines were closed many years ago and probably would not account for many asbestos-related diseases today.

Asbestos was used as an insulator and fire-proofing material by Kansas’ industries. Machinery and equipment were heavily insulated and many workers even wore asbestos gloves and safety suits.

Tragically, many Kansas workers also brought asbestos home on their clothes without realizing it. These workers and their families are at a heightened risk of mesothelioma.


Below is a list of occupations that put Kansas workers at a known risk of asbestos exposure. If you worked in one of these occupations in the 1980s or earlier, there is a good chance that you were exposed to asbestos:

  • Aircraft Mechanics & Repairmen
  • Automobile Mechanics
  • Boilermakers
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Construction Workers
  • Electricians
  • Foundry Workers
  • Industrial Plant Workers
  • Insulators
  • Oil Refinery Workers
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • U.S. Navy Veterans
  • Welders


The following is a list of some of the Kansas job sites where there is a documented use of asbestos products. If you or a family member worked at one of these places, you may be at a heightened risk of asbestos disease.

If you believe that you may have been exposed to asbestos at your own job, please contact a mesothelioma attorney for more information. There are many other job sites in Kansas where asbestos was used.

Power Plants

  • Gordon Evans Power Station
  • Kansas City Gas & Electric
  • Kansas City Power & Light
  • Lawrence Powerhouse
  • Quindaro Power Plant
  • Sunflower Power Station
  • Tecumseh Power Project
  • Wichita Power House
  • Municipal power Plant

Petroleum and Oil Refinery

  • Amoco Oil
  • Co-op Petroleum
  • Co-op Refinery
  • Derby Refinery
  • Gulf Oil Co.
  • Phillips Petroleum
  • Skelly Refinery
  • Standard Oil Co.

Aviation Industry

  • Bendix Aviation Co.
  • Boeing Aircraft
  • Beech Aircraft

Chemical Industry

  • Dupont Chemical
  • Frontier Chemical
  • Westraco Chemical

Other Industry

  • Colgate Palmolive
  • Co-op Fertilizer
  • Day & Zimmerman Inc.
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas
  • Armco Steel
  • Monark Cement Plant
  • National Gypsum Co.
  • Atchinson Topeka & Santa Fe RR


Kansas suffers more than its fair share of mesothelioma deaths due to asbestos exposures. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer of the lining of the lungs and abdomen, which is caused by asbestos exposure.

Like other asbestos diseases, mesothelioma has a long latency period. This means that a person usually develops mesothelioma long after the initial exposure to asbestos – usually between 10 to 50 years later. Due to this latency period, the number of Kansas mesothelioma deaths continues to rise even though asbestos is seldom used in Kansas today.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there were 159 mesothelioma deaths in the state of Kansas from 1999 to 2005.


If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you believe you were exposed to asbestos in Kansas, it is important that you contact a skilled attorney with experience in asbestos litigation. In addition, time is of the essence, because you have a limited amount of time to file suit.

We urge you to contact one of our mesothelioma lawyers for a free consultation. We can help you investigate the sources of your exposure, and determine what companies were responsible.