Laborers who worked in the steel industry were at high risk for asbestos exposure. Asbestos was utilized throughout the Bethlehem Steel Lackawanna Plant and could also be found in workers’ protective clothing. Workers who handled asbestos materials or were in the vicinity of others who did, were at a high risk for injurious exposure, and at risk for developing mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.
The Bethlehem Steel Lackawanna Plant was covered with asbestos-containing materials. The north mill, south mill, strip mill, bar mill, annealing and blast furnaces, open hearth furnaces, heating furnaces, boilers, soaking pits and coke ovens all contained asbestos refractory materials. A refractory material is a non-metallic material that is capable of resisting high temperatures and other destructive forces, such as corrosion and abrasion. Asbestos was an ideal component for refractory materials, as it was utilized as insulation surrounding high heat surfaces. Asbestos pipe covering was also applied as an insulation material, which lined the outside of steam pipes throughout the Lackawanna job site.
During the application of the asbestos refractory and insulation products, clouds of dust, visible to the naked eye were created. The airborne dust created by the application of these asbestos products traveled long distances. Not only those who applied these products are at risk for developing an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, but those who also worked in the vicinity of these units are also at risk.
Our attorneys have gathered a vast amount of information concerning the type and variety of asbestos containing products to which our clients were exposed. If you or a loved one once worked at Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna, New York, and have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease such as mesothelioma, please contact us for a free case evaluation.