Hundreds of workplaces in New York used asbestos for decades in a wide variety of applications. Companies used asbestos in shipyards, plants, refineries, and in the construction industry. Workers at these sites 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 and devastating example of a building constructed with significant amounts of asbestos. When the towers fell in 2001, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that the amount of asbestos in the air was higher 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 are available to help all New York residents get the help and compensation they deserve, including in these and other towns:
Albany, Amsterdam, Auburn, Batavia, Beacon, Binghampton, Buffalo, Brookhaven, Islip, Kensginton, 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, Niagra Falls, North Tonawanda, Norwich, Ogdensburg, Olean, Oneida, Oneonta, Oswego, Peekskill, Plattsburgh, Port Jevis, Poughkeepsie, Rensseelaer, Rochester, Rome, Rye, Salamanca, Saratoga Springs, Schenetady, Sherill, Syracuse, Troy, Utica, Watertown, Watervliet, White Plains, Yorktown, Carmel, Salina, Long Beach, Riverhead, Yonkers, and more.
Asbestos at New York Job Sites
Nearly 400 work sites in New York that have been documented to have dangerous amounts of asbestos or past exposures. These sites include a lot of different types of buildings and jobs and include shipyards, manufacturing plants, breweries, school buildings, industrial and manufacturing plants, office buildings, and hospitals.
Shipyards and Docks
- U.S. Naval Shipyard
- Brooklyn Naval Shipyard
- Brooklyn Coastal Dry Dock
- Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
- New York 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
- Saugerti 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
Regulations in the 1970s required businesses to stop using asbestos in most applications. Only a handful of types of materials or products were still allowed to contain asbestos. Even with these rules, many residents are still at risk of exposure to asbestos today. A lot of older buildings retain the asbestos materials installed in them decades ago. Close to 100,000 teachers, plumbers, engineers, electricians, and plumbers could be exposed on the job.
Current laws limit how much time workers can spend around asbestos. These laws also include other factors to protect workers in older buildings, like asbestos safety training and gear. Workers who must handle or investigate asbestos have to be professionally certified.
Naturally-Occurring Asbestos in New York
Workplace exposure is by far the most common way people come into contact with asbestos. Some exposure can also come from natural deposits. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the highest amount of mesothelioma deaths prior to 1981 happened in Jefferson County. The county contains naturally-occurring asbestos deposits. When disturbed by construction, road building, or natural disasters, these deposits 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. These numbers may be much higher because the United States government did not calculate all deaths until the 1990s.
In 1998, 235 people died because of asbestos illnesses in New York. By 1999, the death rate increased to 2,343.
Queens is home to 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 who averaged over 244 deaths.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), New York ranks as the 34th state for mesothelioma deaths between 1999 through 2005.
New York is home to several specialty cancer treatment and research facilities, including the Albert Einstein Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and New York University.
New York Asbestos Laws
The New York Department of Labor’s Asbestos Control Bureau enforces state and federal asbestos laws:
- Under Industrial Code Rule 56, anyone working on an asbestos abatement project in New York must be licensed and certified to work near or with asbestos.
- Before a large asbestos project can begin, New York’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) must be notified.
- The DEP can inspect any large asbestos project at anytime.
- Once asbestos projects are concluded, they must be closed according to New York law, which includes the proper handling, removal, and disposal of asbestos.
- All labels must be clear on the packaging of asbestos for transportation to a certified New York landfills.
For additional information and in-depth details of 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 state’s statute of limitations. The limit is three years from the time the disease was diagnosed or two years from the time when an individual should have reasonably discovered it. This allows for the often long delays people experience between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma diagnosis.
Plaintiffs in asbestos-related wrongful death cases must file lawsuits within two years of the date 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.