From the 1950s to the 1980s, R.C. Siebert, a Rochester-based company, laid a great deal of water, sewer and utility pipe lines in and around Rochester, New York. Rochester Gas and Electric hired R.C. Siebert to install pipes that housed gas and electric lines. In a similar capacity, R.C. Siebert also installed pipe lines for Rochester Telephone.
R.C. Siebert installed transite pipe, which is an asbestos-containing cement material. Asbestos was added to Portland cement to increase its strength and fire resistance. Transite pipe was used for roof drains, furnace flues, water pipes, utility lines, sanitary sewer drains and HVAC ducts. In order to accommodate utility lines, workers cut transite pipe with a hacksaw to attain a desired length. The process of cutting transite pipe emitted a large amount of dust that workers inhaled. As a result of asbestos exposure through the installation of transite pipe, many workers developed mesothelioma, a cancer that is only caused by exposure to asbestos.
Our attorneys have gathered a vast amount of information concerning the type and variety of asbestos containing products to which our clients were exposed. If you or a loved one once worked for R.C. Siebert and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma, please contact us for a free case evaluation.