Kensington High School was established in 1937 as a project of the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works. Located on Suffolk Street in Buffalo, New York, the school enrolled around 800 students per year. In 2004, the Buffalo City School District closed Kensington High School, citing poor academic performance and disciplinary problems. Currently, the former Kensington High School building is undergoing renovations. The building will be occupied by Frederick Law Olmstead High School when renovations are completed.
Prior to federal regulations placed on asbestos in the late 1970’s, workers utilized asbestos-containing materials during maintenance procedures at Kensington High School. Inhaling dust and particles from the application and removal of asbestos-containing materials placed workers at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer.
Kensington High School’s heat was produced by a system of steam boilers. A network of pipes delivered the steam to radiators throughout the building. Asbestos-containing pipe covering, insulating cement and block insulation covered pipes, valves, pumps and boilers within the heating system. During repairs or maintenance, worn asbestos insulation was removed in order to access equipment within the heating system. New asbestos-containing insulation was applied after repair or maintenance procedures were completed. Removing and applying asbestos-containing insulation caused asbestos dust and fibers to become airborne, which workers inhaled. 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. Our attorneys have the combined experience of more than thirty years representing victims of mesothelioma. If you were once a laborer or maintenance employee who worked at Kensington High School in Buffalo, New York, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, please contact us regarding your legal rights.