Hundreds of job sites in New York used asbestos for decades. Asbestos was once used in shipyards, plants, refineries, and in the construction industry. Workers on these jobs risked asbestos exposure, most often without realizing it. Today, people can still be at risk as asbestos lingers in many older buildings.
The World Trade Center is an important example of a building constructed with asbestos that caused a lot of harm. When the towers fell in 2001, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the amount of asbestos in the air was more than three times of the acceptable level. It put rescue workers and anyone in the area at serious risk of exposure and resulting health concerns.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. We invite you to complete our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in New York, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more.
We help New York residents get the help and compensation they need, including residents of these and other cities:
Albany, Amsterdam, Auburn, Batavia, Beacon, Binghamton, Buffalo, Brookhaven, Islip, Kensington, Liberty Village, West Haverstraw, New Paltz Village, Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Rochester, Huntington, Ramapo, Amherst, Smithtown, Greece, Greenburgh, Cheektowaga, Clarkstown, Colony, Canandaigua, New Rochelle, Towanda, Schenectady, Clay, Cohoes, South Hampton, Hamburg, Hempstead Village, Irondequoit, Orangetown, Rye, Perington, West Seneca, Mount Pleasant, Webster, Henrietta, Freeport, Cortlandt, Lancaster, Monroe, Valley Stream, Ossining, Clifton Park, Penfield, Corning, Courtland, Dunkirk, Elmira, Fulton, Geneva, Glen Cove, Glens Fall, Gloversville, Hornell, Hudson, Ithaca, Jamestown, Johnstown, Kingston, Lackawanna, Little Falls, Lockport, Long Beach, Mechanicville, Middletown, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Bronx, Queens, New York City, Kings, Richmond, Newburgh, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Norwich, Ogdensburg, Olean, Oneida, Oneonta, Oswego, Peekskill, Plattsburgh, Port Jevis, Poughkeepsie, Rensselaer, Rochester, Rome, Rye, Salamanca, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Sherrill, Syracuse, Troy, Utica, Watertown, Watervliet, White Plains, Yorktown, Carmel, Salina, Long Beach, Riverhead, Yonkers, and more.
Asbestos at New York Job Sites
Nearly 400 sites in New York have been known to contain asbestos. These include shipyards, manufacturing plants, breweries, school buildings, industrial and manufacturing plants, office buildings, and hospitals.
Shipyards and Docks
- Brooklyn Naval Shipyard
- Brooklyn Coastal Dry Dock
- Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
- New York Naval Shipyard
- U.S. Naval Shipyard
- Schaefer Brewery
- Empire State Building
- Thruway Authority Building
- Bankers Trust Office Building
- Pan Am Building
- Bausch & Lomb Building
- Chevrolet Axle Plant
- Ford Motor Stamping Plant
- Sewage Disposal Plant
- Harrison Radiator Plant
- Glen Clove Power Plant
- General Electric Plant
- ALCOA Aluminum Plant
- Carborundum Plant
- R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant
- Yorktown Sewage Plant
- Schenectady Chemical Plant
- American Locomotive Plant
- Delco Plant
- Saugerties High School
- Baldwinsville High School
- New York City Technical College
- Bennett High School
- Gowanda School
- Mercyhurst College
- Millcreek School
- State University of New York
- West Side High School (Corning)
- Cortland Senior High School
- Cornell University
- Ithaca College
Hospitals and Nursing Homes
- Amsterdam City Hospital
- Genesee County Nursing Home
- Southside Hospital
- Bassett Hospital
- Cortland Memorial Hospital
- Mohawk Valley Nursing Home
- St. Lukes Hospital
- Long Island Jewish Medical Center
- St. Lawrence State Hospital
- Oneida City Hospital
- Mather Hospital
- Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
- New York State Department of Mental Hygiene
- Rockland State Hospital
- Moses Ludington Hospital
- Republic Steel
- Western Electric
- Star Textile
- Dunlop Tire & Rubber
- Radio City Music Hall
- Torrington Industries
- Subway (New York City)
- Rockefeller Center
- Rochester Products
- Star Textile
- Linde Air Products Company
- New Hyde Park Supply
- Triangle Sheet Metal Workers
- Clark Estates
- International Milk Products Company
- Cortland County Jail Buildings
- Cortland County Traction Company
- Cortland Wagon Company
- Ekenberg Company
- Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation
- Dewitt Community Church
- Transelco Inc.
- Continental Can Company
- Long Island Light Company
- Garden City Hotel
- Our Lady of the Angels Seminary
Asbestos in Older Buildings
New York regulations in the 1970s placed strict rules on asbestos use. Only a handful of types of new asbestos materials or products are allowed. Many residents are still at risk of exposure to asbestos in spite of these restrictions.
For instance, older buildings may still have asbestos materials used in construction. Nearly 100,000 teachers, plumbers, engineers, electricians, and plumbers could be exposed on the job.
Current laws also limit how much time workers are allowed to be around asbestos. These laws also protect workers in older buildings, like asbestos safety training and appropriate gear. Additionally, workers who must handle or investigate asbestos must be professionally certified.
Naturally-Occurring Asbestos in New York
Workplace exposure is the most common way people come into contact with asbestos, but some exposure comes from natural deposits found in the state.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Jefferson County had the highest amount of mesothelioma deaths before 1981. The county contains naturally-occurring asbestos deposits. When disturbed by construction, road building, or natural disasters, they can contaminate soil, air, and water.
New York Asbestos Statistics
From 1979 to 1991, over 3,000 New York residents died from asbestos-related cancer. This estimate may be low because the United States government did not calculate all deaths until the 1990s.
In 1998, 235 people died from an asbestos illness in the state. By 1999, the death rate increased to 2,343.
Queens has the most victims of asbestos illnesses with over 300 deaths. Most of these deaths were from mesothelioma while over 60 were from asbestosis.
Nassau County reported over 250 asbestos-related deaths, followed by Suffolk County with over 244 deaths.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), New York ranks 34th for deaths from mesothelioma between 1999 through 2005.
New York is home to several specialty cancer treatment and research centers. These include the Albert Einstein Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York University, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
New York Asbestos Laws
The New York Department of Labor’s Asbestos Control Bureau enforces both state and federal asbestos laws:
- Under Industrial Code Rule 56, anyone working on an asbestos abatement project must be licensed and certified.
- New York’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) must be notified before a large asbestos project can begin.
- The DEP can inspect any large asbestos project at any time.
- Once asbestos projects have been completed, they must be closed according to New York law, which includes the proper handling, removal, and disposal of asbestos.
- Packages of asbestos being transported to a certified New York landfill must be clearly labeled.
For additional information regarding the New York asbestos laws, contact the New York Asbestos Control Bureau at 518-457-2735.
New York Statute of Limitations on Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits
N.Y. Civ. Prac. Laws & Rules § 201 et seq. states that plaintiffs must file a mesothelioma or asbestos lawsuit within the statute of limitations. The limit is three years from the time of diagnosis or two years from the time when an individual should have discovered it. This allows for the long delays people experience between asbestos exposure and diagnosis.
Plaintiffs in wrongful death cases must file lawsuits within two years of the victim’s death. Even though the statute for these lawsuits are strict, New York is known as a “pro-victim” state. Victims have already won millions of dollars in asbestos lawsuits.
Getting Legal Help in New York
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, keep in mind that you may qualify for substantial financial compensation. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. For questions and assistance, feel free to contact us at 800-793-4540.