Hawaii, a U.S. state made up completely of an island chain, is located in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. The state is connected to the United States mainland only by air and sea links. However, Hawaii is not free of asbestos hazards.
Hawaii Statute of Limitations on Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawsuits
In Hawaii, an asbestos exposure lawsuit should be filed within 2 years from the date of diagnosis. Wrongful death lawsuits over asbestos exposure must be filed within two years of the actual death date of the victim.
Hawaii Mesothelioma Lawyers
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Hawaii Asbestos History
Hawaii doesn’t have any deposits of naturally occurring asbestos. However, asbestos was imported to the state from the vermiculite mines in Libby Montana. Until the 1980s, almost all the industries, military bases, territorial authorities, and government agencies in Hawaii and across the U.S. used asbestos-containing products.
As Hawaii is located midway between Japan and the United States West Coast, the U.S. Navy and Army established a few military bases in the beginning of the twentieth century. Most of the facilities, including the shipyard, oil tank farm, Pacific Fleet headquarters, and Ford Island air station, were built with asbestos-containing construction materials.
As asbestos was incorporated into products, buildings and mechanisms that needed to resist high-temperatures, fire and heat, almost all buildings constructed in Hawaii prior to the 1980s contain the hazardous carcinogen. Pineapple processing plants, airports, auto repair shops, power plants, shipyards, private homes, schools and government buildings all contained large amounts of asbestos. Additionally, most employees in the power generating, construction, manufacturing, and food processing industries suffered asbestos exposure until the mid-1980s.
As asbestos had been a common ingredient in numerous construction products until the 1980s, Hawaii’s old school buildings still contain asbestos.
Hawaii Job Sites with Asbestos Problems
- Ford Island Naval Air Station
- Hickam AFB
- Maui Electric Co
- Olokele Sugar Co
- Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyards
- Pearl Harbor Oil Tank Farm
- Schofield Barracks
- Vermiculite processing plant
Hawaii Asbestos-related Cancer Statistics
According to a report published in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, more than 10000 Naval Shipyard workers have suffered asbestos exposure in Pearl Harbor Hickam alone since the World War II. Five percent of the workforce has developed mesothelioma. However, asbestos industry concealed information that linked asbestos to the diseases and deaths of workers. Of the 123 asbestos-related deaths reported in Hawaii between 1999 and 2013, 19 were caused by asbestosis and 104 were caused by mesothelioma.