DeGraff Memorial Hospital was founded in 1914 by LeGrand S. DeGraff. Located on Tremont Street in North Tonawanda, New York, it provides inpatient and outpatient medical services to residents of communities throughout Buffalo. Since its establishment, numerous expansions and renovations were completed. The hospital is currently operated by Kalieda Health, and it is a 70-bed facility.
Up until the late 1970s, asbestos was incorporated into dozens of materials used during the construction of DeGraff Memorial Hospital. Pipe covering, insulating cement, block insulation, ceiling tiles, joint compound, refractory material and fireproof insulation were used during the construction and maintenance of the hospital. Inhaling dust and particles from applying or removing asbestos-containing materials placed workers at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer.
Many trades, such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, insulators and laborers were involved in construction and renovation projects at DeGraff Memorial Hospital. During the initial construction of DeGraff, asbestos-containing fireproof insulation was sprayed onto the structural steel in order to protect the steel from potential fire damage. Pipe covering and insulating cement covered steam and hot water pipes throughout the hospital. Asbestos-containing refractory materials were applied to the interior of steam boilers in order to protect the boilers from disintegrating because of high temperatures. Ceiling tiles at the hospital also contained asbestos. During construction and repairs at the DeGraff Memorial Hospital, workers removed and reapplied asbestos-containing materials. Removing and applying these materials caused asbestos dust and fibers to become airborne, which workers inhaled.
Many union and non-union laborers who worked on construction projects for DeGraff Memorial Hospital were employed by various contractors throughout Western New York. If you or a loved one were once employed in connection with the construction of DeGraff Memorial Hospital and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, please contact us regarding your legal rights.