In 1947, General Electric (GE) constructed the headquarters for its electronics division, Electronics Park, in Liverpool, New York. Electronics Park consisted of nine buildings on 155 acres. In Building 5, GE manufactured consumer electronics, including televisions and radios. In Building 7, radar and sonar equipment was manufactured for the United States military. In numerous other buildings at Electronics Park, GE manufactured specialty products, such as fax machines and navigation systems. During its peak production years, GE employed nearly 19,000 people at Electronics Park. In 1980, General Electric ceased manufacturing consumer electronics at Electronics Park, and in 1992, GE sold the facility to Martin Marietta.
Asbestos was incorporated into dozens of materials used in the maintenance and upkeep of the buildings located at Electronics Park, including block insulation, pipe covering and insulating cement. Workers who applied and maintained asbestos-containing materials are at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer.
The powerhouse was located in Building 10 at Electronics Park. It contained three boilers that supplied steam to all buildings on-site. Steam was utilized to heat buildings and during the manufacturing process. In order to maintain a stable internal temperature in the steam system, asbestos-containing insulation was applied to pipes, boilers, pumps, valves and other equipment. During maintenance and repair procedures, workers removed the insulation to gain access to the equipment. When maintenance or repair procedures were completed, new insulation was applied. Removing and applying insulation to equipment in the steam system caused asbestos dust and fibers to become airborne, which workers inhaled.
Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) for television sets were manufactured in Building 5. Electric ovens used during the CRT manufacturing process were covered in asbestos-containing block insulation and insulating cement. Workers removed the asbestos-containing insulation in order to access the ovens for maintenance or repair. New insulation was applied after the maintenance or repair procedure was complete. Applying and removing block insulation and insulating cement to the ovens emitted asbestos dust and fibers into the air, which was inhaled by nearby workers.
Our clients understand the importance of securing legal representation as soon as possible after a diagnosis of mesothelioma or lung cancer. If you or a loved one once worked at General Electric Electronics Park in Liverpool, New York, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.