Crucible Industries is located on the west side of Onondaga Lake, roughly two miles from Syracuse, New York. Former employees of Crucible Industries (formerly Crucible Steel) have developed and died of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. Workers in the steel industry were at high risk for exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was utilized throughout Syracuse, New York’s Crucible Steel facility and it could also be found in workers’ protective clothing. Those 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.
Crucible Steel was covered with asbestos-containing materials. Refractory materials, such as asbestos block insulation were used in the annealing, blast furnaces, open hearth furnaces, heating furnaces, boilers and coke ovens. A refractory material is a non-metallic material that is capable of resisting high temperatures. Asbestos was an ideal component for refractory materials used as insulation surrounding high heat surfaces. Asbestos pipe covering also lined the outside of steam pipes throughout the Onondaga County job site.
During the application and removal 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 workers 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.
In the process of representing workers and their families, we have gathered a vast amount of information concerning the type and variety of asbestos containing products to which our clients were exposed. 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 Crucible Steel in Syracuse, New York and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.