Asbestos Exposure at Colonel Francis G. Ward Pumping Station
The Colonel Francis G. Ward Pumping Station has brought water from Lake Erie to Buffalo since 1915. At the time of its inception, the pumping station was the largest in the United States. Today, the pumping station is known for being a particularly large and well-equipped water pumping station. In 1915, five steam-driven pumping engines drew water from a roundhouse that was located a mile offshore from the mouth of the Niagara River. The engines each weighed over one thousand tons and were over 600 feet high. Boilers produced steam that turned the pumping engines and heated the Colonel Francis G. Ward Pumping Station building. Smaller, more efficient electric pumps replaced the main pumps in the 1930s, and the steam pumps were maintained and used as secondary pumps until 1975.
Unfortunately, many of our clients who worked at the Colonel Francis G. Ward Pumping Station are being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Asbestos insulation coated the pipes, which frequently needed to be removed and reapplied. The constant pipe repairs caused asbestos dust to be emitted into the air. To apply the asbestos-laden insulation, the pipe covering was cut with a band saw and the dry cement was mixed with water. The boilers at the Colonel Francis G. Ward Pumping Station were also covered in asbestos block insulation.
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