North Carolina


North Carolina is a scenic state with diverse terrain. Its land ranges from the coastal plains and Outer Banks to Mount Mitchell in Yancey County, the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains and the highest peak in the Eastern United States. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. There are heavy concentrations of chrysotile (white asbestos) in North Carolina’s mountainous western and southwestern regions. Asbestos was mined in North Carolina and valued for its insulating and fire-retardant properties.

Asbestos was the core ingredient in the insulating products used in the construction and maintenance of industrial and commercial projects throughout the Tar Heel State. North Carolina’s industrial output, primarily textiles, chemicals, steel, paper products, and electrical equipment, all required skilled workers who inhaled considerable amounts of asbestos dust. Paper mill plants using asbestos products, included Weyerhauser Paper Mill, Federal Paper Mill, and Plymouth Paper Mill.

The heat and corrosion resistant properties of asbestos were useful in the operation of North Carolina’s numerous power plants. Asbestos products were used as insulation for boilers, steam pipes, furnaces, and hot water pipes. Incidences of asbestos related diseases have disproportionately occurred in workers at the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant, J & H Power Group, McGuire Nuclear Power Plant, and Shearon Harris Plant, among other energy companies.


Below is a list of occupations that put North Carolina 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
  • Welders


The following is a list of some of the North Carolina 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:


  • New Bern Shipyard
  • North Carolina Shipbuilding Company

Power Plants

  • Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant
  • Duke Power Company
  • J & H Power Group
  • McGuire Nuclear Power Plant
  • Shearon Harris Plant
  • Western Electric

Metal Works

  • Alcoa
  • Nucor Corporation

Manufacturing Plants and Mills

  • BASF
  • Black & Decker Plant
  • Burlington Industries
  • Federal Paper Mill
  • International Paper
  • Plymouth Paper Mill
  • Sherman Williams
  • Union Carbide
  • Weyerhauser

Other Sites

  • Coca Cola Plant
  • Hackney Bros. Body Co.
  • Mobil Chemical


Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive, and deadly cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of the body’s internal organs. It most often affects the tissue that surrounds the lungs.

The Centers for Disease Control ranks the state of North Carolina 16th in the number of mesothelioma deaths. Fortunately, none of North Carolina’s counties rank among the nation’s top 50 counties in mesothelioma mortality rates. Suffolk County and Hampton County, located in North Carolina’s neighboring state of Virginia, are ranked #1 and #2 in the United States, respectively.

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 number of mesothelioma deaths in North Carolina will sadly continue.


For decades, our firm’s mesothelioma lawyers have helped victims and their families recover just compensation for workers diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you believe you were exposed to asbestos in North Carolina, it is critical that you engage a skilled mesothelioma lawyer.

Time is of the essence because due to statutes of limitation you have a limited period of time to file suit. We urge you to immediately contact our firm for a free consultation.