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Laborers and Asbestos Exposure

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Laborers in New York are among the professionals who may have breathed toxic asbestos dust on the job — and that is a danger about which your employer should have warned you. Asbestos is the known cause of mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs or abdomen.

Mesothelioma and Laborers

If you worked as a laborer and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, your first priority should be your health. You should also talk to an experienced asbestos claims lawyer to understand your legal rights. Workers whose health was harmed by asbestos are entitled to seek compensation to help pay medical bills and provide financial security for family members.

Most laborers, including factory laborers, general laborers and construction laborers who are exposed to asbestos show no signs of asbestos-related disease for decades. It can take 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos for symptoms of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases to appear. That long lag time from exposure to development of mesothelioma often makes it difficult for laborers diagnosed with asbestos cancer to identify how they were exposed. That’s why you should talk to a knowledgeable asbestos exposure attorney.

Laborers who were involved in the cleanup of the rubble of the World Trade Center site after the terrorist attacks are a group of workers at special risk of developing asbestos-related disease. Hundreds of tons of asbestos used in construction of the North Tower were released into the air when the building collapsed. Many workers at Ground Zero already have shown reduced lung function in health screenings.


Park Avenue East
Massena, ny 13662

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Carrier Corporation

6304 Thompson Road
Syracuse, ny

Corning Glass Works

1 West Market Street
Corning, NY 14831

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GTE Sylvania

50 Johnston st
Seneca Falls, ny

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Hercules / Ciba Geigy

89 Lower Warren Street and Quaker Road
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Former offices of International Paper Hudson River Mill, Corinth NY

International Paper

15 Pine st
Corinth, ny 12822

International Paper

568 Shore-Airport Road
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

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Revere Copper

1 Revere Park
Rome, NY 13440

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Reynolds Metal

194 Country Route 45
Massena, ny 13662

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Schenectady Chemical

1302 Congress Street
Schenectady, NY

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800 Phillips Road
Webster, NY 14580