Nebraska is the sixteenth largest state geographically, and is ranked thirty-eighth in terms of population. Nebraska has been characterized as one of America’s bread-baskets, but it is not entirely agricultural or rural. Nebraska is home to many industries that unfortunately routinely exposed workers to asbestos on the job.

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

Nebraska’s climate fostered industries with known asbestos exposure. In particular, the home insulation industry exposed workers. The production and installation of home insulation materials is a potential source of asbestos exposure.

Other sources of asbestos exposure in Nevada included chemical plants and construction. Unfortunately, many Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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
  • Furnace men, smelter-men and pourers
  • Heavy equipment mechanics
  • Industrial plant workers
  • Insulators
  • Iron workers
  • Laborers
  • Machine operators
  • Millwrights and mill workers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Power plant workers
  • Roofers and slaters
  • Sheetmetal workers
  • Welders


The following is a list of some of the Nebraska 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 Nebraska where asbestos was used.

Power Plants

  • Brownsillve Power Plant
  • Cooper Nuclear Station
  • Fort Calhoun Power Station
  • Omaha Powerhouse North
  • Central Nebraska Public Power
  • City Light Plant
  • Gas Pipe Line Company of America
  • General Electric
  • Hallan Nuclear Power Facility
  • Consumers Public Power District
  • Nebraska Public Power District

Military Bases

  • Military Air Base
  • Offutt Air Force Base


  • Allied Chemical

Construction and Related Industries

  • American Smelting & Refining Company
  • Independent Metal Products Company]
  • Magnus Metal
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • Appleoff Plumbing & Hearing
  • Construction Specialties Company
  • Insulation Industries, Inc.
  • Midwest Asbestos Company
  • Vaughn Insulation Company
  • Ideal Cement Company
  • Sierra Talc and Clay Company

Other Industries

  • Crete Mills
  • Great Western Cereal Company
  • Hendrickson Equipment Co.
  • Peter Kiewit sons, Co.
  • Quaker Oats Company
  • Union Pacific RR co.


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 Nebraska mesothelioma deaths continues to rise.

According to the federal government, 98 Nebraska residents died of mesothelioma between 1999-2004. In comparison to other states, Nebraska ranks 36th in the number of mesothelioma deaths.


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