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.
Though the asbestos issue in New York City continued to be a problem, many have forgotten about it due to other factors in the Big Apple. However, since 9/11, New York gained a renewed insight into asbestos contamination in the city. Following the tragic event, a catastrophic amount of debris and dust swept across the city, as it was found that much of the buildings that had been destroyed were made using asbestos products. This is frightening because we don’t typically think of asbestos exposure as a problem of today. However, with the spread of airborne asbestos across New York City, that very well might be a problem for the future.
Where You May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos 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 not only affected 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 attended school, or the home they lived in. Asbestos is not only deadly because it can cause cancers such as mesothelioma, but because its presence is usually unknown by most.
Jobsites with Asbestos Exposure 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
Asbestos manufacturers have known for decades about the health risks involved with working around and being exposed to the fibers. However, they failed to disclose pertinent information about asbestos to the general public and employers did not take preventative and protective measures to ensure employee safety. Consequently, those who have been affected by asbestos may be entitled to significant compensation. Contact our leading New York mesothelioma lawyers today for more information and for a free case consultation promptly.
Asbestos-Related Deaths in New York
NEW YORK IS THE 5TH RANKED STATE IN THE US FOR ASBESTOS-RELATED DEATHS.
Possibly because New York has so many people packed into such a small area, the rates of death due to asbestos-linked diseases is incredibly high. Between 1979 and 1991 mesothelioma caused the deaths of at least 3,000 people. It’s said to be “at least” 3,000 because researchers think that the death toll could be much higher, but New York didn’t start calculating death tolls until the ‘90’s. Since then, an additional 2,400 New Yorkers died from asbestos-related illnesses between 1999 and 2010, with 86% of those being mesothelioma cases.
Preventative Asbestos Measures in New York
Since the discovery and publicity of asbestos-related hazards, the state of New York has drawn up several preventative measures to reduce its citizens’ exposure to the carcinogen.
- The State of New York must certify all personnel as professional asbestos removal workers before their removing any asbestos from a site in the state.
- Any time a project is undertaken that involves moving asbestos, workers must notify the state DEP (Department of Environmental Protection).
- The only exception for this rule is when a worksite is smaller than 10 square feet or 25 linear feet. This is considered a small project and does not require notifying the state.
- The DEP is able to investigate any and all asbestos worksites within its jurisdiction at any point.
- The state has specific procedures that must be followed during the conclusion of work at an asbestos site.
- To dispose of any asbestos, workers must properly seal it in leak-free containers and label them as hazardous. Only after doing so are they allowed to transport it to pre-approved state landfills.
Seeking Treatment in New York
Because of New York’s high rate of asbestos-related diseases, there is no shortage of demand for innovative and effective Mesothelioma and Asbestosis treatment centers in the area. The most widely known and proven center in the state is:
Albert Einstein Cancer Research Center, Bronx, NY
**There are many other cancer centers in the area, as well. You can visit our “Resources” page to view more options.
It’s imperative to keep in mind that when dealing with a disease as rare as Mesothelioma, that you seek the best and most comprehensive doctors in the business. Small, private practices will often not have the type of specialization and attention to detail that a large Cancer Center will, simply because physicians at cancer centers deal particularly with this type of illness.
Legal Resources for New York Residents
The New York statute of limitations 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.
Don’t forget to get in touch with our dedicated New York mesothelioma attorneys. We have a proven track record and will help you get the compensation you may be rightfully entitled to.