In 1955, Maryvale High School was established as a public high school serving the Maryvale Union Free School District. Located on Maryvale Drive, the high school serves the Maryvale neighborhood in Cheektowaga, New York. Maryvale High School offers a full Regents curriculum, enrolling over 800 students every year.
Up until the late 1970’s, asbestos-containing materials were utilized during construction and maintenance procedures at Maryvale High School, including block insulation, pipe covering, insulating cement and fireproof insulation. Inhaling dust and particles from the application and removal of asbestos-containing materials placed workers at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer.
Maryvale High School’s heat was produced by steam boilers. Steam was delivered to radiators through a system of pipes, valves and pumps. Asbestos-containing block insulation, pipe covering and insulating cement covered the heating system’s equipment. Workers removed the worn asbestos-containing insulation in order to perform maintenance or repair procedures. When these procedures were complete, new insulation was applied. Removing and applying asbestos-containing materials emitted asbestos fibers and dust into the air, which workers inhaled.
Asbestos-containing fireproofing was applied to the high school’s structural steel in order to protect it from potential fire damage. Fireproof insulation, which was packaged in bags, was dumped into a machine, mixed with water, and sprayed onto the steel using a hose. The fireproofing process caused clouds of asbestos-containing dust to become airborne. Additionally tradesmen, such as pipefitters or carpenters, disturbed the fireproof insulation in order to install pipes, framing studs or other equipment. When the fireproof insulation was disturbed, asbestos fibers were released into the air.
Our clients understand the importance of securing legal representation as soon as possible after a mesothelioma diagnosis. If you were once a student, teacher or laborer who worked at Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga, New York and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please contact us regarding your legal rights.