New York


Since the country’s founding, New York has been at the epicenter of United States commerce and industry. If New York were an independent nation, it would rank as the 15th largest economy in the world. New York City is the most populous city in the United States. As a result of its centuries old standing as the nation’s economic powerhouse, New York has a large number of high-risk industries for asbestos-related diseases. Asbestos was widely used at shipyards, railways, construction sites, oil and chemical refineries, foundries, and power plants. Asbestos products were extensively used for insulation and fire proofing purposes at these work sites.

The Empire State is considered by many to be the birthplace of the asbestos industry. H.W. Johns Manufacturing Company, which later became the Johns-Manville Company, was founded in New York and became the world’s largest producer of asbestos products. For over one century, until its bankruptcy in 1982, Johns-Manville mined and produced asbestos. The naturally occurring asbestos deposits in Jefferson County, located in the northeastern part of the state, were mined by Johns-Manville. Jefferson County had the highest rate of mesothelioma in the United States prior to 1980. H.W. Jones, the founder of the asbestos industry, died from asbestosis.

Workers in the energy industry, such as Con-Edison workers, are particularly susceptible to asbestos diseases. In the large power plants, asbestos products were used as insulation for boilers, steam pipes, furnaces and hot water pipes. Asbestos was also used as the fireproofing agent on ships. Shipyard workers, such as those at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, have also been disproportionately afflicted with mesothelioma.

Tradesmen in the construction sector have experienced high rates of asbestos-related diseases. Asbestos is widespread in New York’s many fine public and private buildings Construction workers were unaware of the dangers of asbestos dust during the construction of these buildings or at large projects, such as JFK Airport. If the asbestos materials used in construction are sealed and remain in an undisturbed state there is little danger. This is why there is always a need for an asbestos abatement program when asbestos is discovered.

The World Trade Center’s Twin Towers used hundreds of tons of asbestos-containing material during its construction between 1968 and 1972. The devastation of September 11, 2001, which blanketed several square miles of New York City with fine powder, has already generated grave health problems. The tragic event underscores the disastrous fact that asbestos dust does not only harm asbestos workers. Throughout New York and the nation, family members have also died as a result of breathing asbestos dust brought home on the clothing and hair of their loved ones.


Below is a list of occupations that put New York workers at a known risk of asbestos exposure. If you worked in one of these occupation in the 1980’s or earlier, there is a good chance you were exposed to asbestos:

  • Aircraft Mechanics & Repairmen
  • Automobile Mechanics
  • Boilermakers
  • Brick and Stone Masons
  • Carpenters
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Construction Workers
  • Crane and Hoist Men
  • Drill Press Operators
  • Drywall Tapers
  • Electric Power Linemen & Cable Men
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • Firefighters
  • Foundry Workers
  • Freight and Material Handlers
  • Furnace Men, Smelter-Men & Pourers
  • Garage Workers
  • Grinding Machine Operators
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • HVAC Workers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Industrial Plant Workers
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Locomotive Engineers
  • Longshoremen and Stevedores
  • Machine Operators
  • Machinists
  • Merchant Marines
  • Metal Lathers
  • Millwrights & Mill Workers
  • Mixing Operators
  • Molders
  • Oil Refinery Workers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Roofers and Slaters
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • Shipyard Workers
  • Steamfitters
  • Textile Operators
  • Tile Setters
  • U.S. Navy Veterans
  • Welders


The following is a list of some of the New York job sites where there is a documented use of asbestos products. If you or a family member worked at one of these places, you may be at a heightened risk of asbestos disease.

If you believe that you may have been exposed to asbestos at your own job, please contact one of our mesothelioma attorneys for more information. The sites include:


  • Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Caddell Dry Dock
  • GMD Shipyard
  • Todd Shipyards Brooklyn

Power Plants

  • Central Hudson Gas & Electric
  • Charles Poletti Power Plant
  • Con-Edison Powerhouses
  • Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant
  • Flynn Power Plant
  • Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
  • Long Island Lighting Co. (LILCO) Powerhouses
  • Niagra Mohawk Stations
  • Nine Mile Point 1 & II
  • Robert E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant
  • Rochester Gas & Electric

Metal Works

  • Alcoa
  • Bethlehem Steel
  • Crucible Materials
  • Jones and Laughlin Steel
  • Phelps Dodge
  • Revere Smelting
  • Reynolds Metals
  • Rome Strip Steel

Manufacturing Plants

  • BASF
  • Borg Warner
  • Corning
  • Dupont
  • Eastman-Kodak
  • Esso Research & Engine Co.
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Foster Wheeler
  • General Electric
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Grumman Aircraft Engineering Co.
  • Grumman Aerospace Corp.
  • Hercules Powder
  • International Paper
  • Kimberly Clark
  • Kraft Foods
  • Lookheed Martin
  • Nabisco
  • Nestle Foods
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Owens-Corning
  • Republican Aviation Corp.
  • Xerox

Oil and Refineries

  • Ashland Oil
  • Mobil

Other sites

  • Board of Education, Long Island
  • Bristol Lab
  • Brookhaven National Labs
  • Department of Sanitation Storeroom, NY, NY
  • E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Co.
  • Fairchild-Hiller Corp.
  • Grand Central Station
  • JFK Airport
  • Long Island City Depository
  • New York Air Brake Co.
  • New York Transit Authority
  • Ottis Elevator Company
  • Penn NY Central Transportation Co.
  • Proctor & Gamble Mfg. Co.
  • World Trade Center


Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive and deadly cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of the body’s internal organs. It most often affects the tissue that surrounds the lungs. New York’s industrial workers suffer among the highest malignant mesothelioma mortality rates in the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control, New York ranks 4th among the states in the number of mesothelioma deaths. Rensselaer County has the nation’s 10th highest mortality rate per population.

Mesothelioma has a lengthy latency period. This means that a person develops mesothelioma long after the initial exposure to asbestos. This period ranges from 10 to 50 years after contact with the asbestos product. As a result, the disproportionate number of mesothelioma deaths in New York will sadly continue.


Our firm has decades of experience in helping workers recover just compensation for their mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure. We have a lengthy track record of recovering millions in verdicts and settlements for deserving victims and their families.

We urge you to immediately contact one of our mesothelioma attorneys for a free consultation. We can assist you by investigating the sources of your asbestos exposure and determining what companies were responsible.