In recent years, former employees of Carbide Graphite Group, Inc., have developed and died of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. Laborers who were employed at its Packard Road plant located in Niagara Falls, New York, were routinely exposed to asbestos-containing materials. The Carbide Graphite Group, Inc., manufactured graphite electrode products, needle coke and calcium carbide. Graphite electrodes conduct electricity and were used in electric arc furnaces. Needle coke is the raw material used to produce graphite electrodes. Calcium carbide products are used to make acetylene, specialty chemicals and fuel for metal cutting, as well as for the desulfurization of iron and steel. Insulating cement, which contained asbestos, was used to insulate hundreds of high heat temperature furnaces. The furnaces were part of the process for producing electrodes.
Carbide Graphite workers were constantly exposed to asbestos dust from working with and in the vicinity of those who repaired and maintained the furnaces at the plant. In addition these workers were also exposed to asbestos-containing pipe covering that insulated steam lines throughout the plant.
The attorneys at Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC have gathered a vast amount of information concerning the type and variety of asbestos-containing products used at Carbide Graphite. 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 were once employed at Carbide Graphite and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.