According to the Environmental Working Group Action Fund, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has the highest estimated number of deaths related to asbestos in the state between 1999 and 2013. The 1,616 asbestos-related deaths average out to 107 deaths each year during that time period. That puts the death rate per 100,000 people in Allegheny County at 8.6.
We've discussed the dangers of asbestos before, especially for individuals who work with or around the substance. When breathed in, asbestos can lead to serious illness or injury, including certain forms of cancer. But where might you be at risk of exposure to asbestos?
It's easy to think of asbestos as something that is no longer a real problem, as if it's outdated and taken care of, but the reality is that it still causes many deaths every year. What's more, studies have shown that the rate of death from asbestos in Allegheny County is well above the national average, meaning that Pennsylvania residents are at an elevated risk.