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Asbestos Use in Syracuse, NY

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Asbestos Exposure in Syracuse

Syracuse is the fifth largest city in New York, and boasts a population of over 145,000. The city is considered the economic and educational hub of Central New York. It is home to Syracuse University, a major research university; the Upstate Medical University and Hospital, the city’s largest employer; and several smaller colleges and professional schools. Syracuse is also the permanent home of the New York State Fair.

Syracuse was an industrial hub beginning in the late 1800’s continuing through the twentieth century. Central New York was home to a large number of manufacturing plants where iron and steel, electrical components, firearms, chemicals, textiles, paper, and other business and consumer goods were processed. These businesses brought prosperity to the area, and to the employees that helped keep the companies running.

Late in the nineteenth century, many factory buildings were built in the western half of the city near the Erie Canal, particularly along South Geddes and West Fayette Streets.  Foundries, machine shops, candle factories and guns shops operated throughout the city.

Many of the companies in the Syracuse area that were the primary employers during the industrial boom were household names like Bristol-Myers in East Syracuse and Chrysler, Crucible Steel, Carrier and Oberdorfer Pumps in Syracuse.  Other nearby companies included General Electric in Auburn, Alcan and Lockheed Martin in Oswego, the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station/Power Plant in Scriba and Revere Cooper in Rome, to name just a few. Asbestos products were used in many of those facilities.

The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer which is highly aggressive. There currently is no known cure. New York is among the states with the highest number of deaths from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. In the state of New York, nearly 4,000 deaths caused by asbestos exposure have occurred since 1979. Asbestos manufacturers and companies that supplied asbestos did not provide adequate information about the dangers of asbestos exposure, and thousands of workers, including man in the Syracuse area, were needlessly exposed to asbestos in the work environment, putting them at risk for developing mesothelioma.