The Bethlehem Steel Lackawanna Plant was covered throughout with asbestos-containing materials. The North Mill, South Mill, Strip Mill, Bar Mill, annealing and blast furnaces, open hearth furnaces, basic oxygen furnaces, the mold yards, heating furnaces, boilers, soaking pits, hot tops, and coke ovens all contained asbestos refractory materials. A refractory material is a non-metallic material that is capable of resisting high temperatures and other destructive forces, such as corrosion and abrasion. Asbestos was an ideal component for refractory materials, as it was utilized as insulation surrounding high heat surfaces. Asbestos pipe covering was also applied as an insulation material, which lined the outside of steam pipes throughout the Lackawanna job site.  On June 11, 2019, New York’s highest court affirmed that manufacturers of coke ovens have a duty to warn about the latent dangers of their products. 

Asbestos exposure was a factor for many employees at the Bethlehem Steel Lackawanna Plant.  Below is a list of those occupational trades and job titles of those who were affected:

Boilermakers
Bricklayers
Carpenters
Construction Workers
Crane Operators
Electricians
Firefighters
Fireproofers
Foremen
Freight and Material Handlers
Iron Workers
Insulators
Laborers
Larry Car Driver
Lidman
Managers
Maintenance Workers
Masons
Millwrights
Painters
Pipe Coverers
Pipefitters
Pipe Workers
Plumbers
Pusherman
Riggers
Shippers
Steamfitters
Steel Workers
Warehouse Workers
Washing Operators
Welders

For more information about asbestos exposure at Bethlehem Steel’s locations, visit our web pages highlighting the Bethlehem Steel Plant.  If you want to find out more after viewing our website, we are happy to speak with you about the risks workers have been exposed to at that site.  If you or a loved one were once employed at Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna, NY and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.