Dallas is the state of Texas’ third largest city, with a population of 1,197,816 per the 2010 U.S. Census. Its economy is the sixth largest in the nation, with a focus on financial services, commerce, information technology, communications, oil and gas production, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, medical research, and transportation. Due to the various industries that have operated in the Dallas metropolitan area since its incorporation in 1856, the city has a sad legacy of asbestos exposure and its consequences on the health of many workers who were employed in various jobsites in the Dallas area. These consequences include a large number of cases of individuals diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
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Asbestos in Dallas
Even though it is the largest U.S. metropolitan area with no link to the sea, Dallas has always been a major hub for industry and big business. Its first major commodity was cotton. However, the invention of the internal combustion engine in the late 19th Century made oil extraction and refining one of the keystones of Texas’ economy. Dallas’ location in the northern part of the state and its proximity to major oil deposits in places like Kilgore made it ideal for businessmen like H.L. Hunt and Clinton Murchison to make their fortunes and become politically influential tycoons in the city nicknamed Big D.
Other industries grew around Dallas in the 20th Century as well. The industrialization of the area can be traced to the 1870s, when Texas was recovering from the Civil War and various enterprises, such as railroads, manufacturing, and construction slowly replaced agriculture and ranching. These industries endured boom-and-bust cycles, especially during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl years, but as a result of World War II and its aftermath, the city and its surrounding area have been the economic powerhouse of North Texas.
Unfortunately, Dallas’ emergence as a major city coincided with the boom times for the asbestos industry. Asbestos is a term used to identify a group of six fibrous silicate minerals which have several properties that make them useful to humans. These include sound absorption, the ability to resist damage from chemical reactions, electrical discharges, high temperatures, and fire. Asbestos also makes metals and cement stronger, and its abundance makes it both cheap and profitable.
The negative properties of asbestos, however, outweigh the minerals’ beneficial ones. The size and shape of the mineral fibers make them easy to inhale or swallow, and prolonged exposure to asbestos causes serious medical conditions such as malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
The use of asbestos can be traced to ancient times, but it was used in astronomical quantities during most of the 19th Century and a great part of the 20th Century. In the U.S., the peak period of asbestos use was between 1930 and the late 1970s, with a huge spike during World War II and the Cold War era. Asbestos production and distribution in America declined only after the government officially linked asbestos to asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma in the early 1970s.
Dallas Job Sites Where Asbestos Exposure Took Place
The largest users of asbestos in the Dallas area included oil companies, power generation and distribution facilities, construction companies, railroads, manufacturers of machinery, government agencies, and auto repair shops. Many products, including insulation, soundproofing materials, roof shingles, steam pipes, gaskets for boilers and water heaters, and brake pads for cars, trucks, aircraft, and other vehicles were made with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs).
As a result of the mass use of asbestos and ACMs before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began restricting their production and distribution in the early 1970s, many workers suffered long term exposure in a large number of Dallas job sites. These include:
- A.F. Hoffman Boiler Works
- American Airlines/Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport
- APG Firebrick of Texas
- Babcock & Wilson
- Chance-Vought Aircraft/LTV
- Coca-Cola Enterprises Dallas
- Dallas Electric Light & Power (Luminant)
- Dallas Ice Factory Light & Power Company
- Dallas Gas Company
- Dallas Consolidated Electric Street Railway Company
- Dallas Railway Company
- Diamond Alkali (Diamond/Shamrock Corporation)
- Eugene B. Smith & Company
- Fuller-Austin Insulation, Dallas Division
- Gulf Oil Company
- Holman Boiler Works
- Iola Portland Cement Works
- Jones-Blair Paint Company
- Texas Power & Light Company
- Oak Cliff Planing Mill
- Parker-Fallis Insulation
- Parkland General Hospital
- Dallas Dressed Beef & Packing Company
National Cancer Institute-Designated Facilities in Texas
- Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2201 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75390, 214-645-4673
- Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030, 713-798-1354
- M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030, 713-792-2121
- Cancer Therapy & Research Center, University of Texas Health Science Center, 7979 Wurzbach Road, Urschel Tower, Room U627, San Antonio, TX 78299, 210-450-1000, Cancer Information Line: 1-800-340-2872