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Mesothelioma and Asbestos in Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Asbestos exposure in Rhode Island was most likely to occur as the result of the asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) used in many building supplies and incorporated into the construction of the state's many older and historic buildings. In addition, there is a deposit of serpentine (the source of common white asbestos) located near Diamond Hill.

Asbestos History in Rhode Island

During the nineteenth century when most structures were made of wood, interior lighting was provided by gas and oil lamps and highly-flammable varnished wood surfaces were popular, fires were endemic. Just before the Northern States went to war against the Confederacy, a young, idealistic entrepreneur named Henry W. Johns came up with a solution.

For the next 130 years, asbestos made its way into virtually all buildings in the form of shingles, wallboard, insulation, pipe lagging and more.

Ironically, Johns product was his demise; he died in 1898 of asbestosis at the age of sixty. Medical researchers at that time were beginning make connections between asbestos and respiratory disease. However, the connection was not fully understood until the 1930s, and it took another forty years, thousands of asbestos deaths and a great deal of litigation before the knowledge became known to the general public.

Exposure to Asbestos is Risky Business

According to Center For Health Statistics data, 3% of all work-related deaths in industrial occupations are due to mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer that attacks the visceral lining around the lung, abdominal organs and heart.

Rhode Island was the birthplace of the Industrial Age in North America. Although the state's economy is now largely service-oriented, there are five power generation plants and a number of major port facilities.

Power plant workers run some of the greatest risk for developing asbestos disease. Asbestos insulation was extensively throughout these facilities in order to reduce fire risks. Asbestos insulation was also used in boilers, turbines and generators. As this insulation aged, it would begin to crumble and release millions of fibers into the immediate environment.

Because asbestos was used in sea-going vessels prior to 1980 for the same reasons, those who work aboard them are heavily exposed as well. This exposure is especially dangerous in the confined spaces below decks, where there is little ventilation.

Mesothelioma Statistics in Rhode Island

Between 1980 and 2000, there were 216 fatal cases of asbestos disease in Rhode Island. More than half of these were due to mesothelioma, mostly among residents of the Providence metro area.

Asbestos Exposure in Rhode Island Cities

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Rhode Island where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Rhode Island, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at Rhode Island Jobsites

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: mesothelioma cancer, asbestos related lung cancer, or asbestosis.


  • Artic 1st Congregational Church
  • Artic Bank
  • Artic Christ & King Church
  • Artic City Hall
  • Artic Finishing
  • Artic Industrial National Bank
  • Artic Municipal Building
  • Artic Telephone & Telegraph
  • Woolworth Company


  • Healthtex
  • Owens-Corning
  • Peterson-Puritan Company
  • Puritan Aresol
  • Rehobeth School-Taunton Pike
  • Synthron Chemical


  • Charleston Navy Base


  • Ann & Hope Mills
  • Ann & Hope-Boiler Room
  • Cadillac Mills
  • Cumberland - Mount Mercy School
  • Cumberland Church
  • Cumberland Elementary School
  • Cumberland Garage
  • Cumberland Gas Company
  • Cumberland High School
  • Cumberland Hill School
  • Cumberland Investments
  • Cumberland Middle School
  • Mossberg Steel Co.
  • Our Lady Of Fatima
  • Provincial House
  • St. Judes


  • Central Falls Mazada
  • Crescent Corp
  • Mchale Warehouse
  • Northeast Insulation
  • Royal Weaving Company


  • Davisville Naval Station
  • Davisville Naval Station - Barracks
  • Davisville Naval Station - Building 68
  • Davisville Woolen Company
  • G W Reynolds and Company
  • Naval Air Station
  • U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Center

East Greenwich

  • Almac's Supermarket-E. Greenwich
  • Amitrol, Inc.
  • Bostich Co.
  • East Greenwich Dairy
  • East Greenwich High School
  • East Greenwich Hockey Rink
  • East Greenwich Shopping Center
  • East Greenwich Telephone
  • Great Lady Of Mercy Church
  • Potowonuit Elementary School


  • Clayville Elementary School
  • Isaac Paire School
  • Nike Site Foster
  • Paragansett High School


  • Greenville Finishing Co.
  • Industrial Underground Bank
  • St. Phillips Church


  • Harrisville Elderly Housing
  • Harrisville Elementary School
  • Lakeview Nursing Home-Boiler Room


  • Beaver Trail Radar Station
  • Jamestown Elderly Housing
  • Jamestown Pumping Station
  • Jamestown Sewage
  • Old Stone Bank


  • Dean Mills School
  • Johnston Apartment Housing
  • Johnston High School
  • Johnston Hospital Trust Bank
  • Johnston Housing
  • Mammoth Mart
  • Morgan Nursing Home
  • Peter Pan Drug Store
  • Peter Pan Restaurant
  • St. Rocco's School


  • Kingston Nuclear Plant
  • South County Hospital
  • Stop & Shop
  • University of Rhode Island - Building F
  • University of Rhode Island - Butterworth Hall
  • University of Rhode Island - Doris Building
  • University of Rhode Island - Dorms
  • University of Rhode Island - Edward's Hall
  • University of Rhode Island - Engineering & Research
  • University of Rhode Island - Faculty Building
  • University of Rhode Island - Fine Arts Building
  • University of Rhode Island - Fire Station
  • University of Rhode Island - Gymnasium
  • University of Rhode Island - Health Science Building
  • University of Rhode Island - Housing Complex
  • University of Rhode Island - John Fogents Building
  • University of Rhode Island - Lippit Hall
  • University of Rhode Island - Pastore Building
  • University of Rhode Island - Powerhouse
  • University of Rhode Island - Ranger Hall
  • University of Rhode Island - Student Union
  • University of Rhode Island - Swimming Pool


  • Allstate Insurance
  • Carol Cable
  • Collyer Wire
  • Cross Pen Co.
  • Dodge Phelps Building
  • Durastone Corporation
  • Hunt Chemical
  • K & M Jewelry
  • Lincoln Bowling Alleys
  • Lincoln Downs Race Track
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Lincoln Housing
  • Lincoln Jr. High School
  • Lincoln Lower School (East)
  • Lincoln Race Track
  • Nike Site
  • Pawtucket Savings Bank
  • Spiedel
  • Thompson Chemical


  • Melville Elementary School
  • Melville Fuel Pier
  • Melville Housing Project
  • Melville Naval Station
  • Melville Pump House
  • Melville Trailer Park


  • Mcdonald's
  • Middletown Bank
  • Middletown Elementary School
  • Middletown Firehouse
  • Middletown Methodist Church
  • Middletown Navy Housing
  • Middletown School
  • St. Georges Academy


  • Galilee Processing Co.
  • Narraganset Marine Lab
  • Narragansett Epa Building
  • Narragansett Hotel
  • Narragansett Power - Manchester St.
  • Narragansett Power - South St.
  • Narragansett Underground Phone Building
  • St. Joseph's
  • University of Rhode Island - Marine Laboratory

North Kingstown

  • Brown & Sharpe
  • Davisville Naval-Officer's Quarters
  • French Town School
  • N.E. Shellfish Lab
  • Nike Site
  • North Kingstown High School
  • North Kingstown Jr. High School
  • Quonset Point Housing
  • Quonset Point-Boiler Room
  • Secret Lake Pumping Station
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Rhode Island - Boiler Room
  • University of Rhode Island - Fraternities
  • University of Rhode Island - Math Building
  • Wickford Jr. High School

North Providence

  • Desitin
  • Metro-Atlantic
  • North Merriville Scholl
  • North Providence Bowling-Branch Ave.
  • North Providence Elementary School
  • North Providence High School
  • North Providence Nursing Home
  • North Providence Police & Fire Station
  • North Providence Town Hall
  • St. Augustine's Boiler Room
  • St. Augustine's School

North Smithfield

  • Industrial Park
  • Nike Site
  • North Smithfield Jr. High School
  • North Smithfield Sr. High School
  • Smithfield Air National Guard


  • Almac's Super Warehouse
  • Bird and Son Inc
  • F. W. Bird and Son
  • Glen Cyou Print Works
  • Kennycott Wire
  • Sayles Finishing Plants
  • Washburn Wire Company


  • Fort Butts School
  • Kaiser Aluminum
  • Pearson Boat
  • Portsmouth Abby
  • Portsmouth Priory Ice Rink
  • Portsmouth Treatment Plant
  • Raytheon
  • St. Philomena's


  • Nike Site
  • Quonset Elderly Housing
  • Quonset Point - Air Traffic
  • Quonset Point - Bearing Shop
  • Quonset Point - O.R. 60
  • Quonset Point Naval Station
  • Quonset Point Theater

Quonset Point

  • Combustion Engineering
  • Quonset Point - Hopkins Park
  • Quonset Point - Wild Acres
  • Quonset Point Air Station
  • Quonset Point Hangar
  • Sunoil Drilling Rig


  • Alice Waddington
  • Bayview Housing
  • Harborview
  • Meadowcrest Elementary School
  • Ricci Farm Greenhouse
  • Riverside Post Office
  • St. Brendon's Church
  • St. Mary's Convent


  • Brand Insulation Company
  • Grant's Dept. Store
  • Nyman Manufacturing
  • Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation
  • Rumford Baking Powder
  • Rumford Chemical Works
  • Rumford Ice Skating Rink
  • Rumford Towers
  • St. Margaret's School
  • Wanamoisett Country Club
  • Westford Training School


  • Glenlyon Dye Works
  • I.B. Darling Fertilizer
  • Lorraine Manufacturing Company
  • W F and F C Sayles


  • Ladd School-Stores Warehouse
  • Scituate Baptist Church
  • Scituate Elementary School
  • Scituate Gas Co.
  • Scituate High School
  • Scituate Police Station
  • Scituate-Clayville School


  • Amperex
  • Bryant College
  • Charles Burns Co.
  • Memorial Jr. High School
  • North Central Airport
  • Smithfield Air Force Base
  • Smithfield High School
  • Smithfield Sewer
  • Smithfield-Laperche School
  • State Garage

South Kingstown

  • South Kingstown School
  • South Kingstown Sewage Treatment
  • South Kingstown Sewer Treatment Plant
  • South Kingstown Telephone
  • South Kingstown Telephone Building

South Providence

  • South Fogarty Elementary School
  • South Providence Church Of Assumption
  • South Providence School


  • Tiverton High School
  • Tiverton Refinery


  • Industrial National Bank
  • Maine Shipping Center
  • Old Stone Bank
  • Smallstones
  • Sr. Co. Hospital
  • Stop & Shop
  • Wakefield 10 Pin Bowling
  • Wakefield CVS
  • Wakefield Mall
  • Wakefield Telephone


  • Hathaway Mill-Berkshire
  • Rhee Elastic Thread
  • St. Mary's Church
  • Warren Housing
  • Warren Post Office
  • Warren Telephone
  • Warren Town Hall

West Warwick

  • Amtrol, Inc.
  • Arkwright
  • Bradford Soap
  • Dunn's Comer School
  • Hoescht Chemical Company
  • Riverview Textile Plant
  • Saybrook Mill
  • St. John The Baptist School
  • Star City Glass
  • United Nuclear Building
  • Warners
  • Washington Trust Bank
  • West Echo Valley Apartments
  • West Scott School
  • West Warwick High School
  • West Warwick Lace
  • West Warwick Telephone Exchange
  • West Warwick Treatment Plant


  • C B Cottrell and Sons Company
  • Clark Falls Company
  • Delite Fabrics Inc
  • New England Silk Company
  • Om Stillman
  • Smith Granite Company
  • Swift River Woolen Company
  • Westerly City Hall
  • Westerly High School
  • Westerly Hospital
  • Westerly Library
  • Westerly Sewer
  • Westerly Telephone Co.
  • Westerly Textile Company
  • Westerly Ward High School
  • Westerly Water Works
  • Westerman Realty
  • Westminster Street School
  • Wm Clark Company
  • Y.M.C.A.
  • Ymca


  • St. Bernard's Convent
  • State Garage
  • Wickford Shipyard

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Rhode Island

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Rhode Island. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.

The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906

Mesothelioma Doctors in Rhode Island

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located in Rhode Island. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Sundaresan T. Sambandan
Hematology and Oncology Associates of Rhode Island
1220 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920

Dr. David Ettensohn
Hassan Ettensohn Medical Specialists, Ltd.
73 Beechwood Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Dr. Anthony Testa
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
Atwood Medical Center
1524 Atwood Avenue Suite 340
Johnston, RI 02919

Dr. John Pella
Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
1150 Reservoir Avenue, Suite 305
Cranston, RI 02920

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Rhode Island

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Rhode Island, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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