Kentucky Derby

Kentucky is the thirty-seventh largest state geographically and is ranked twenty-sixth in terms of population. Kentucky’s soil has fostered the livestock and agricultural industries. However, Kentucky is not entirely agricultural or rural. Kentucky is home to many industries that unfortunately routinely exposed workers to asbestos on the job.

Asbestos was used in a variety of ways in Kentucky. One source of asbestos exposure is found in the power plant industry. Workers were exposed to asbestos while using equipment that contained heat-resistant asbestos.

Another potential source is the automobile industry. Asbestos was used as a raw material in a variety of automotive products. Examples include brakes, clutches, and gaskets.

Other sources of asbestos exposure in Kentucky included the construction industry and home insulation products. Unfortunately, many Kentucky workers also brought asbestos home on their clothing without realizing it. The family members of these workers were exposed to asbestos at home and are at risk of mesothelioma.


Below is a list of occupations that put Kentucky 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:

  • Boilermakers
  • Brick and stone masons
  • Construction workers
  • Drywall tapers
  • Electric power linemen and cable men
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • Heavy equipment mechanics
  • Industrial plant workers
  • Insulators
  • Iron workers
  • Laborers
  • Machine operators
  • Mechanics
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Power plant workers
  • Roofers and slaters
  • Sheetmetal workers
  • Welders


The following is a list of some of the Kentucky job sites where there is a potential 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 Kentucky where asbestos was used.

Power Plants

  • Atomic Energy Plant
  • E C Ernest Electric Company
  • E W Brown Generating Plant
  • General Electric
  • Kentucky Power
  • Kentucky Utilities Company
  • Louisville Gas & Electric Company
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Tyrone Power House
  • Union Carbide Nuclear Company
  • Westinghouse


  • American Radiator
  • B. F. Goodrich
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Tire & Rubber Company


  • Anaconda Aluminum
  • Anaconda Copper Mining Company
  • Asher Coal Mining Company
  • Blue Diamond Mining Company

Oil Industry

  • Armco Oil Refinery
  • Ashland Oil & Refinery Company


  • American Rubber and Chemical Company
  • Carbide and Carbon Chemical
  • Dow Petrochemical
  • Dupont Chemical
  • M & T Chemical Corporation
  • Mathieson Chemical Company
  • Rohm & Haas Chemical


  • Armco Steel
  • Firestone Plumbing
  • IBM
  • Kosmos Cemenet Company
  • National Carbide
  • Owens Corning Fiberglass
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • W.R. Grace

Other industries

  • Austin Powder Co.
  • Calvert City Janitor & Supply
  • Dow Chemical Corp.
  • Dow Corning Corporation


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 after the initial exposure to asbestos – usually between 10 and 50 years later. Due to this latency period, the number of Kentucky mesothelioma deaths continues to rise.

According to the federal government, 169 Kentucky residents died of mesothelioma between 1999-1004. In comparison to other states, Kentucky ranks 27th in the number of mesothelioma deaths.


If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you believe you were exposed to asbestos in Kentucky, 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 a lawsuit.

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.