Hutchinson Technical High School (Hutch Tech) was established in 1904 as Mechanic Arts High School in Buffalo, New York. In 1905, it was renamed Buffalo Technical High School. The school was originally located on Elm Street, but it moved to a new building on Eagle Street in 1914 because of overcrowding. In 1954, the school moved once again, into the former Hutchinson High School building, and it was renamed Hutchinson Technical. Currently, Hutch Tech enrolls about 1,100 students each year. The high school offers a full Regents curriculum, as well as classes in biochemical technology, computer technology and engineering technology.
Up until the late 1970s, asbestos was incorporated into numerous building materials. During renovations and maintenance procedures at Hutchinson Technical High School, workers removed and applied asbestos-containing building materials. Asbestos was incorporated into insulation that covered hot water pipes and associated equipment within the building’s steam heat system. Asbestos block insulation was applied to steam boilers and hot water tanks. Inhaling dust and particles from the application and removal of asbestos-containing materials placed workers at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer.
Asbestos-containing gaskets were also utilized throughout the heating system at Hutchinson Technical High School. Gaskets ensured a tight seal between pipe flanges and other equipment, such as pumps, valves and boilers. Due to wear and tear, gaskets were frequently removed and replaced. When a gasket was replaced, it was scraped off the flange. A new gasket was then cut from a sheet of asbestos-containing gasket material. The gasket replacement process emitted asbestos dust into the air. Most workers were completely unaware of the dangers of exposure to the asbestos dust, 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. If you were once a laborer or maintenance employee who worked at Hutchinson Technical High School in Buffalo, New York and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please contact us regarding your legal rights.