The U.S. government did not begin officially tracking deaths caused by mesothelioma until 1999. While the late date for tracking this information has resulted in a limited pool of information, it is an unfortunate fact that many of the industries where employees suffer a high rate of mesothelioma are the same type of industries prevalent in the New Orleans region.
Overall, approximately 80 percent of mesothelioma cases can be directly linked to a job where asbestos was present. Exposure at work is by far the most common cause of asbestos-related diseases.
In 2005, the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) issued a report that set forth data on the 18,068 mesothelioma deaths that occurred in the U.S. between 1999 and 2005. This report found that workers in the following industries suffered the most mesothelioma related deaths in that time period:
- Shipbuilding and Repairing
- Industrial and Miscellaneous Chemicals
- Petroleum Refining
- Electric Light & Power
This data is supported by several other sources, including a 1999 study by the National Center for Health Statistics. While this study only used a very small sample, it did find that 14.2% of those who passed away from mesothelioma had worked in the construction industry. A United Kingdom evaluation of mesothelioma deaths by industry – which encompassed a much greater time period than any such study conducted in the U.S. – also found a high number of mesothelioma deaths in industries similar to those reported by NIOSH.
If you or a loved one suffers from mesothelioma and does not know how to proceed, please feel free to call our office at (504) 581-6411 or 1-855-GERTLER. We would be happy to help you.