New Jersey


New Jersey is the nation’s most densely populated state. Because New Jersey is situated largely between the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, many of its residents have worked in these industrial cities, as well as the large industrial cities of New Jersey. Machinery and equipment used in heavy industry were widely insulated and fire-proofed with asbestos materials. Consequently, New Jersey’s residents have been exposed to asbestos products and suffer from asbestos-related diseases, in much greater numbers than other states.

The Garden State’s economy is centered on the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, energy-intensive industries, the shipping industry and food processing operations. New Jersey is home to such major pharmaceutical corporations as Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer, Merck, Wyeth, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Schering-Plough. Asbestos products were used extensively in the construction and maintenance of the large pharmaceutical, power, chemical, and manufacturing plants which proliferate throughout the state.

New Jersey’s strategic location has made the shipping and transportation industries a large part of its economy. Sources of asbestos exposure in New Jersey include the state’s many railways and shipyards. Construction workers were often exposed to asbestos during the construction of New Jersey’s numerous public and private buildings. Drywall installers, insulators, plumbers and masons are especially vulnerable to asbestos-related diseases.

Although, asbestos products are not widely used anymore, asbestos-related cancers continue to afflict New Jersey residents in great numbers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Somerset County, in central New Jersey, Camden County, near Philadelphia, and Union County, part of the New York Metropolitan Area, have among the highest mesothelioma mortality rates in the United States.


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

  • Aircraft Mechanics & Repairmen
  • Automobile Mechanics
  • Boilermakers
  • Brick and Stone Masons
  • Carpenters
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Construction Workers
  • Crane and Hoist Men
  • Drill Press Operators
  • Drywall Tapers
  • Electric Power Linemen & Cable Men
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • Firefighters
  • Foundry Workers
  • Freight and Material Handlers
  • Furnace Men, Smelter-Men & Pourers
  • Garage Workers
  • Grinding Machine Operators
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • HVAC Workers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Industrial Plant Workers
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Locomotive Engineers
  • Longshoremen and Stevedores
  • Machine Operators
  • Machinists
  • Merchant Marines
  • Metal Lathers
  • Millwrights & Mill Workers
  • Mixing Operators
  • Molders
  • Oil Refinery Workers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Roofers and Slaters
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • Shipyard Workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Textile Operators
  • Tile Setters
  • U.S. Navy Veterans
  • Vandermolen Corp.
  • Welders


The following is a list of some of the New Jersey 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 one of our mesothelioma attorneys for more information. The sites include:


  • Federal Shipbuilding
  • Naval Weapons Station
  • New York Shipbuilding Corporation
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard (New York)
  • Caddell Dry Dock (New York)
  • GMD Shipyard (New York)
  • RTC Shipbuilding

Power Plants

  • Consolidated-Edison Powerhouses
  • Hope Creek Generating Station
  • Oyster Creek Generating Station
  • Salem Nuclear

Oil and Refineries

  • Amerada-Hess
  • American Smelting & Refining
  • Coastal Eagle Point
  • Esso
  • Halliburton
  • Hess
  • Humble Oil & Refining
  • Mobile
  • Standard Oil
  • Texaco
  • Tosco
  • Valero

Other sites

  • Campbell Soup
  • Chipman Chem Rhodia Inc.
  • Curtiss Wright
  • Dupont
  • E.I. Dupont Denemours & Co.
  • Ford Motor
  • G.A.F. Corp.
  • General Airline & Film
  • Ingersoll-Rand
  • Merck
  • Metasol Prod.
  • Otto B. May Inc.
  • Owens Corning
  • Pearsall Chemical Co.
  • Raybestos-Manhattan
  • RCA factory
  • Rheem Manufacturing
  • S. Blickman Inc.
  • S.B. Penick
  • Treck Engineering
  • Trex Engineering & Supply Co.


Malignant mesothelioma is one of the most aggressive cancers. Asbestos exposure is the sole cause of this terminal disease. New Jersey’s industrial workers suffer among the highest malignant mesothelioma mortality rates in the nation. Somerset County has the 5th highest mesothelioma death rate of all counties in the United States. Camden County and Union County are close behind. Only a handful of states have higher asbestos-related disease rates than New Jersey.

Mesothelioma has a lengthy latency period. This means that a person develops mesothelioma long after the initial exposure to asbestos. This period ranges from 10 to 50 years after contact with the asbestos product. As a result, the disproportionate number of mesothelioma deaths in New Jersey will sadly continue.


Our firm has decades of experience in representing persons who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. We help investigate the sources of your asbestos exposure and determine the companies who were responsible for your cancer.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you believe you were exposed to asbestos in New Jersey, it is critical that you engage a skilled mesothelioma lawyer. Time is of the essence because you have a limited period of time to file suit. Thus, you should immediately contact our firm for a free consultation.