Established in 1915, South Park High School is a public school in the Buffalo City School District. Located on Southside Parkway in Buffalo, New York, the school serves several neighborhoods in South Buffalo. South Park High School is a four-story, 223,000 square foot building that enrolls around 800 students per year. It offers a full regents curriculum, as well as classes in business, horticulture and graphic arts.
Prior to the late 1970s, asbestos-containing materials were utilized during construction and maintenance at South Park High School. Workers who handled asbestos-containing materials are at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer. Since its establishment in 1915, several renovations have been completed at South Park High School. During these renovations, workers may have been exposed to asbestos-containing pipe covering, block insulation and insulating cement.
South Park High School’s heat was produced in steam boilers. Steam was delivered to radiators throughout the building through a network of pipes. Asbestos-containing pipe covering, insulating cement and block insulation covered pipes, valves, pumps and boilers associated with the heating system. Worn asbestos insulation was removed during repairs or maintenance in order to access and repair equipment within the heating system. New asbestos-containing insulation was applied after repair or maintenance procedures were completed. Removing and applying asbestos-containing insulation emitted asbestos dust and fibers. Most workers were completely unaware of the dangers of exposure to the asbestos dust and performed their work without masks or protective gear.
Inhaling dust and particles from cutting or applying asbestos-containing materials placed workers at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer. Even individuals who were not in direct contact with asbestos materials remain at risk for developing an asbestos-related disease. If you or a loved one worked at South Park High School in Buffalo, New York, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.