New York has three deposits of naturally occurring asbestos with one in the northeastern region and the other two in the southeastern region near the Rhode Island state line. New York has a long history with the shipyard and metal works industries as it was the principal city during America’s Industrialization movement.
If you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease or lost a loved one to an asbestos illness, we invite you to get in contact with our top New York mesothelioma lawyers today. We’ll be happy to provide a free, confidential case evaluation promptly.
History of New York Asbestos
Founded in 1858, The H.W. Johns Manufacturing Company specialized in the manufacturing of asbestos roofing, insulation, and textiles. Founder, Henry Ward Johns, later formed the Johns Manville Company (JM) which later became the world’s largest asbestos products producer. Johns was able to develop and successfully market his asbestos product in New York City during the times of the industrial boom.
By the 1980s, JM continued to mine and produce asbestos products to be used by the automotive, aerospace and construction industries. The company went on to be ranked in the Fortune 500 list. JM was also one of the wealthiest companies to file a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Henry Johns died of what was described as “dust phthisis pneumonitis,” the medical term for asbestosis. Because of JM’s production of asbestos products, many of the now historic buildings in New York City contain asbestos products.
Jobs with Asbestos Exposure in New York
Nearly 400 public buildings in New York (job sites included) are believed to have asbestos. Schools, restaurants, shipyards, oil refineries, power plants, and churches are just some public buildings that have issues with asbestos in New York, due to many being built long before the 1970s. The insulation in many of these public buildings contained asbestos.
Plants owned by the Consolidated Edison, Inc. are known for their asbestos issues. Asbestos was common in plants due to their resistance to heat and fire, making it an ideal product to help insulate the pipes that ran throughout the facilities. Two plants previously owned by the Consolidated Edison, Inc. are the Astoria Powerhouse and Arthur Kill Powerhouse.
Thousands of vessels have been demolished and built in shipyards in New York. Asbestos-containing products are commonly used in the construction of these ships. When asbestos is disturbed, the fibers are released into the air exposing individuals. With a strong Navy presence in the state of New York, particularly at the Brooklyn Navy Shipyard, asbestos affected not only shipyard workers, but also Navy veterans.
Thousands have been exposed to asbestos at some point in New York due to their employment, from the building where they attend school or the home they live in. Asbestos is not only deadly because it can cause cancers such as mesothelioma, but because its presence is usually unknown to most.
Where You May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos in New York
- Crucible Metals
- Phelps Dodge Copper
- Alcoa Aluminum
- Rome Strip Steel
- Con-Ed Power
- Hudson Avenue Station
- Flynn Power
- Indian Point Unit 2
- Charles Poletti Power
- Arthur Kill Power
- Astoria Power
- Fitzpatrick Nuclear
- Nine Mile Point
- Caddell Dry Dock
- Todd Shipyards
- Brooklyn Navy Yard
- GMD Shipyard
Legal Resources for New York
New York statute allows you three years to file a personal injury claim based upon proof of negligence on behalf of the asbestos manufacturers and/or your employers. Due to mesothelioma’s latency period from the time of exposure to the time you are diagnosed, this particular statute may not apply.