In 1940, the B. F. Goodrich Company constructed a chemical factory on 53rd Street in Niagara Falls, New York, in order to produce its proprietary Geon polyvinyl chloride resin. The Niagara Falls plant employed around fifty people, and it closed in 1971.
Up until the late 1970s, asbestos was incorporated into dozens of insulation and building materials utilized at the Niagara Falls B.F. Goodrich facility. Outside asbestos insulation contractors were typically hired to perform maintenance procedures at B.F. Goodrich. Asbestos insulation contractors, as well as B.F. Goodrich employees, were exposed to asbestos-containing materials when asbestos materials were applied and/or removed. Workers who handled asbestos materials, or those who worked in the vicinity of others who did, are at risk for developing mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.
Laborers who worked for contractors routinely performed work on heat exchangers and steam pipes. Laborers removed worn asbestos insulation and replaced it with new asbestos pipe covering, block insulation and insulating cement in order to insulate the steam pipes and chemical lines. This type of work created an extremely dusty environment, and contractors, as well as B.F. Goodrich employees were not aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure and performed their work without masks or protective gear.
Our clients understand the importance of securing legal representation as soon as possible after a diagnosis of mesothelioma or lung cancer. If you or a loved one worked at B.F. Goodrich Chemical Company in Niagara Falls, New York, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.