The Rochester Acoustical Corporation was established in 1958 in Rochester, New York. It was a prominent contracting company involved in the application of asbestos-containing spray-on fireproofing at job sites throughout the Rochester area. Rochester Acoustical also applied asbestos-containing joint compound (mud) that was used during construction to cover nail holes and seams between sheets of drywall before paint was applied. In 1976, Rochester Acoustical merged with the Mader Corporation (a.k.a. Mader Plastering), one of the largest construction contractors in Western New York. Today the company is based in Elma, New York and is known as Mader Construction Company, Inc. Mader was also known for using similar asbestos products at a variety of job sites throughout Western New York.
Prior to the late 1970s, asbestos-containing materials were widely used in the construction industry. Rochester Acoustical applied asbestos-containing fireproofing, joint compound and acoustical ceiling tiles at many major Rochester job sites, including but not limited to, Kodak Park (Building 47), Midtown Towers, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), University of Rochester, as well as the Xerox Building in downtown Rochester.
The asbestos fireproofing that was sprayed onto the steel beams of buildings in Rochester was initially manufactured as a dry powder and mixed with water before it was sprayed onto the beams during construction. During the application process of fireproofing materials, large clouds of asbestos dust and fibers were emitted into the air of the buildings where the material was being applied. Even long after this material was applied, the smallest vibrations had the potential to dislodge fibers into the air. Inhaling dust and particles from the application of asbestos-containing acoustical materials placed workers at risk of developing serious health problems. Even those who were not in direct contact with asbestos materials remain at risk for the development of asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer.
If you or a loved one worked at any job site in conjunction with Rochester Acoustical and/or Mader Plastering in the 1960s and 1970s, and have developed mesothelioma or lung cancer, it is important to request legal help and learn what can be done to compensate you for your injuries.
If you were present and preformed any work during the construction of the Xerox Building in Rochester, you were potentially exposed to asbestos when Rochester Acoustical applied asbestos materials. Rochester Acoustical played a major role in the construction of the Xerox Building in 1967. The Xerox Building is a skyscraper located in downtown Rochester, and it includes an auditorium. Asbestos fireproofing and joint compound were applied by Rochester Acoustical employees throughout these buildings. Electricians, plumbers and ironworkers typically worked in the vicinity of Rochester Acoustical employees when they applied asbestos materials and remain at risk for the development of asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer. Employees of Rochester Acoustical also installed acoustical ceiling tiles, which contained asbestos. Cutting and installing asbestos ceiling tiles, releases asbestos fibers into the air, which workers inhaled.
The attorneys at Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC, are familiar with the job sites and asbestos-containing products used by Rochester Acoustical and Mader. If you or a loved one were once employed by Rochester Acoustical and/or the Mader or worked at any job site in Western New York that involved Rochester Acoustical or Mader and have developed mesothelioma or lung cancer, please contact us regarding your legal rights.